Dark Souls Servers Down Due to PC Exploit


Bandai Namco and FromSoftware have announced that PvP servers for Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls IIand Dark Souls III have been deleted on PC. This was revealed by the official Dark Souls Twitter accountand the official reason provided for the downtime is “to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services”. Chronicle of video games believe these reports are about a recently discovered RCE (Remote Control Execution) exploit that allows users to remotely access your computer, execute code and obtain private information from the individual, or cause harm durable to their computer.

This exploit would be concerning enough, but fans think the exploit could be possible in Ring of Elden as well, since the engines of the games are similar. It seems that only a handful of people know how to run the exploit at the moment, and they have apparently tried to contact FromSoftware about the issue, with little success. It may have changed during a Twitch stream by The__Grim__Sleeper on Saturday. One of these people apparently used the exploit during the stream to take control of the computer, running Windows Powershell. The act was apparently not intended to be malicious, but was intended to show the power of the exploit.

Hopefully, when the servers for these games come back, the exploit will be patched, so fans don’t have to worry about future issues. The exploit only exists in PC versions, and FromSoftare has confirmed that server downtime will not impact console players. Given the hype that surrounds Ring of Eldenit would be a good thing to have this exploit fixed before the game launches next month.

Unfortunately, Dark Souls fans on PC will just have to wait patiently for the servers to be restored! While server downtime can always be a cause for frustration, it seems to be a case where it matters to the safety of the player base.

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