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. The lack of online functionality is a temporary measure, as a bug that could grant an attacker Remote Code Execution (RCE) privileges was discovered. It has taken longer than expected to fix the issue, but online functionality will finally be returning soon.
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 can grant Remote Code Execution privileges, enabling a hacker to worm their way into your PC by exploiting the game's code. With RCE, the attacker could obtain full control of a system without the owner's knowledge, making this a very serious issue.
The bug was discovered right before the release of Elden Ring, which was From Software's primary development focus at the time. With that in mind, we anticipated that Dark Souls would be fixed sometime in March, but several months have gone by without an update/ Fortunately, that changed this week, with From Software saying it is now in the process of bringing PC servers back online.
In a statement to PCGamer, a studio spokesperson said: “We are currently in the process of restoring the online servers for the Dark Souls series on PC. We plan to restore online service for each game progressively, bringing back servers for Dark Souls 3 once we complete the necessary work to correct the problem. We will provide additional updates as soon as the restoration schedule is finalised. We want to thank all our players for your patience and understanding as we work to fix this issue.”
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