Back in January, Bandai Namco and From Software were forced to take the multiplayer servers for the Dark Souls series offline for the PC platform due to a major security bug. Several months later in May, From Software gave us a small update, stating multiplayer would come back online ‘soon'. Now two months later, the update appears to be imminent.
In Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3, players can enable online functionality to invade other player's games and also be invaded. Unfortunately, a flaw with this system could grant Remote Code Execution privileges, enabling a hacker to worm their way into the PCs of unsuspecting players.
Since the bug was discovered right before the release of Elden Ring, From Software decided to take Dark Souls offline on PC for a while so it could finish up with Elden Ring and then properly work out a fix for the Dark Souls issue. Back in May, a studio spokesperson told PCGamer that the update would be coming soon.
Now, as spotted by FromSoft-focused streamer, modder and dataminer, Lance McDonald, Dark Souls 3 has recently had several updates on the backend of Steam, showing that the developers are gearing up to roll out a new patch.
This update should restore online multiplayer to the Dark Souls games on PC. There may end up being a staggered schedule, with Dark Souls 3 coming back online first, followed by Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls Remastered. Hopefully this is something that Bandai Namco or From Software can confirm soon.
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KitGuru Says: Invasions are a big part of the Dark Souls experience and for some players, it is the best feature of the game. Hopefully next month, the PC versions can finally be restored to normal.