Dark Souls PC PvP servers shut following security issue

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The PvP servers for Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls 3 have been temporarily turned off following fears of a security issue that could leave some players' PCs open to hacking.

While neither FromSoftware nor Bandai Namco has formally detailed what's happened, rumors across both the Dark Souls and Elden Ring subreddit (opens in new tab) suggest that without intervention or a fix, "it is possible for Dark Souls 3 invaders to run code on your PC without permission. AKA RCE, Remote Code Execution. This same hack is possible in Elden Ring".

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"PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily deactivated to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services," explains a notice on the Dark Souls' official Twitter feed earlier today.

"Servers for Dark Souls: PtDE will join them shortly. We apologize for this inconvenience."

The Verge (opens in new tab) goes further with an explanation, stating that the exploit was first publicized when a streamer was hacked via an RCE during a live broadcast. Though the hacker stopped short of providing evidence, the hacker says they had tried, and failed, to get FromSoftware to take the issue seriously. It seemingly took a livestream hacked in real-time to get either FromSoft or publisher Bandai Namco's attention.

As of Sunday evening UK time there's been no subsequent update, nor confirmation on when the servers made be restored. As always, we'll keep you posted.

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Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.