Video game developers From Software announced yesterday on twitter that Dark Souls: Remastered have had their game servers restored, and that “online servers have resumed” after almost a year of waiting due to servers being shut down from hacking concerns.
The concerns were caused due to an exploit that allowed a hacker into a player’s computer, potentially stealing logins and banking information as well as uploading harmful malware (such as bitcoin miners). These concerns affected other games within the franchise too, with some being fixed already such as Dark Souls 3 having its online services back in August and Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin in October.
However not all games will be restored, with From Software’s 2012 title Dark Souls: Prepare to die never getting its online services back. The official Dark Souls twitter account tweeted – “We have determined we will not be able to support online services for the PC version of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition that was released in 2012, due to an ageing system”.
Needless to say the serious exploit has made a large impact on the Dark Souls games and community, with online services being temporarily down or permanently. Although the community can rejoice that they have Dark Souls online back, along with other smaller Dark Soul games.