Online interaction always carries some form of risk, including online gaming. While hacking is possible on consoles, their closed nature makes them more difficult to exploit than an open platform like PC. Unfortunately, the Dark Souls trilogy has become the latest victim of hacking attempts, compromising the PvP experience.
The official Dark Souls Twitter account announced today that the servers for Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls 3 are temporarily down. The Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition is also expected to be offline shortly. This only applies to the PC versions, meaning Xbox and PlayStation players will not be affected. There was no mention of the Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls.
The servers have been disabled due to user reports about “online services”. Games will remain offline while the team investigates these reports. The account did not specify the exact reports, but comments submitted by users point to the most likely area of concern.
A post on the Elden Ring subreddit made a claim about Dark Souls 3 runs into a remote code execution exploit, which received a response from Bandai Namco Europe stating that the issue has been escalated to the relevant internal teams. Meanwhile, others comments below the tweet have made similar claims.
Remote code execution allows a hacker to remotely take control of your PC, doing anything from the comfort of their own homes. With remote access to your hardware, they can install malware or steal sensitive information stored on your PC.