Bandi Namco released a statement, revealing that Dark Souls online service will remain down until after the release of Elden Ring on Feb. 25th. The announcement comes after the game was taken offline after extraordinarily dangerous remote code execution exploits were discovered in Dark Souls 3, which many suspected could also apply to Elden Ring.
"We have extended the investigation to Elden Ring - our upcoming title launching on February 25th - and have made sure the necessary security measures are in place for this title on all target platforms," the developers explained in a statement on Twitter. "Due to the time required to set up proper testing environments, online services for the Dark Souls users on PC will not resume until after the release of Elden Ring."
Remote Code Execution is one of the most dangerous types of hacks, and has been described by experts as a "Doomsday Scenario." The same hack has been surmised to be possible in Elden Ring, prompting the developer's caution and extended testing mentioned in Wednesday's announcement.
While the Blue Sentinel Mod for Dark Souls has pushed a patch to address the security vulnerability, there has been no official fix for the Dark Souls 3 exploit from the actual developers, and there is no guarantee that the BS fix will work 100%. So it looks like DS fans will have to wait a few more weeks before playing the game again.
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