Dark Souls 3 PC servers appear to be back online

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They’ve been up, down, up, down, down, up, and down, but right now the Dark Souls 3 PC servers are back online.

Bandai Namco was initially forced to shut down PC PvP servers for all Dark Souls games in January following “reports of an issue with online servers”. Although the publisher described the situation as “temporary”, it took over seven months for a fix to be rolled out, with Dark Souls 3 servers finally coming back online in late August… and back down earlier this week.

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On September 21, Bandai Namco said “there is a confirmed issue with online play of Dark Souls 3 via the Steam platform” and revealed that they are “investigating the source of the problem”, but the servers are remained offline for several days.

While the Dark Souls social media account remains silent, players on the game’s subreddit forums are reporting that the PC servers are reportedly back on. How long, however, is everyone guessing…

While the publisher didn’t specify what the problem was when it took multiplayer offline earlier this year, posts on the Elden Ring subreddit said it was “possible for invaders of Dark Souls 3 to execute code on your PC without permission. AKA RCE, Remote Code Execution. This same hack is possible in Elden Ring”.

RCE hacks allow unscrupulous gamers to hack into and take control of their opponents’ PCs and were reportedly discovered when a streamer fell victim to the hack during a live stream. The hacker claims to have tried to contact FromSoftware about the vulnerability but received no response. So he felt his only recourse was to target live-on-air broadcasters.

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