Thu. May 26th, 2022

UPDATE: The official Dark souls Twitter account has announced that all PvP servers for the entire series have been disabled, although Xbox and PlayStation remain unaffected. The title of this article has been changed following the news of the shutdowns.

A recent hack has plagued the PC version of Dark Souls 3, and it seems that the same issue could be affected Elden Ring unless it is resolved.

The Remote Code Execution (RCE) hack essentially allows the potential attacker to execute arbitrary code on a remote device, meaning they can take control of a player’s PC. The full details of the RCE hack are still unknown, however Dark souls society has been burning with warnings about the problem.

This Twitch streamer appears to have suffered from an RCE attack and a screenshot post from a Dark souls Discord (via The edge) potentially reveals that the attack was carried out in a non-malicious manner in an attempt to raise awareness of the problem. The user who carried out the attack apparently had already tried to contact FromSoftware, but did not receive a response.

Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls Remastered. Credit: FromSoftware

There is some good news in the midst of all this, as the popular anti-cheat courage to Dark Souls 3 called Blue Sentinel has been updated to combat RCE hack. As noted by Reddit user Jonientz, the mod has “code obfuscation to prevent reverse engineering”, which is when the code is made deliberately difficult for humans to understand in order to protect the game.

Bandai Namco has also been changed to the issue when a community manager on Reddit was alerted to the hack and said a “report on this topic was sent to the relevant internal teams.”

According to reports around the internet, only a few players know how to use this RCE hack and are responsible actors, so the likelihood of being affected without any protection is small, but the problem may affect other FromSoftware titles.

That means next month’s release of Elden Ring will need protection against RCE hack as reports suggest that the same issue has been found in the computerized code for the game. We update the story when we hear from Bandai Namco on the subject.

It is currently recommended Dark Souls 3 players either install Blue Sentinel or play the game offline.

In other news, an update to the Nintendo Switch Online version of Tidens Ocarina suggests that Nintendo is improving console emulation on the Switch.

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