Bandai Namco and From Software have announced that online play will not return to the PC installments of the Dark Souls franchise until after the release of Elden Ring.
Software disabled the multiplayer aspects of the various PC releases of Dark Souls 1, 2, and 3 when a vulnerability affecting the game’s networking code was revealed on January 22. That flaw can reportedly be exploited to enable remote code execution on the target. player’s PC.
Those servers were taken down on 23 January. Now, several weeks later, Software and Banda tell Namco that they won’t be brought back online until after Elden Ring debuts on February 25:
The companies say they have “identified the cause and are working on fixing the issue.” They seem to have started with Elden Ring, as they say they have “ensured the necessary security measures for this title on all target platforms,” and the game hasn’t been delayed.
Console gamers can still play Dark Souls Online; The problem appears to be confined to the PC installments of the franchise. (Whether or not that was going to be true of Alden Ring as well, it’s unclear whether that title of companies referred to “all target platforms.”)
Here’s the kicker: Bandai Namco and From Software have no idea when the online play of Dark Souls 1, 2 and 3 for PC will be restored. The companies only say that they will “make an announcement as soon as the schedule for the resumption of online services is determined.”