In January, Bandai Namco shut down the PvP servers for the PC editions of the Dark Souls games after discovering a serious security vulnerability in Dark Souls 3. Bandai said the service suspension was temporary, but later updated in February to say that due to the time it took to ensure the issue was fully resolved, online services for Dark Souls games on PC would not be available. restored at some point. after the release of Elden Ring.
Six weeks after the release of Elden Ring, however, there’s still no sign of multiplayer returning to Souls games – and indeed, it looks like Dark Souls’ multiplayer could take a lot longer than expected, possibly even permanently. As first reported by the other paradiseall references to the online game at Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, Dark Souls: Remastered, dark souls 2, and dark souls 3 was removed. They are now marked as singleplayer games only.
The tags are gone, but references to online multiplayer options remain in some of the game’s descriptions. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition promises “PVP arena and online matchmaking system [with] quick combo for players to play 1vs1, 2vs2 and 4 player battle royal”, the Remastered edition offers “The Way of the Multiplayer (up to 6 players with dedicated servers)” and Dark Souls 2 features an “updated multiplayer system [that] enables enhanced online interaction to promote cooperative and competitive play.”
You can see the change on the Dark Souls 2 page now, compared to how it looked in February 2019:
It’s possible that publisher Bandai Namco removed the tags to avoid confusion or accusations of false or misleading advertising on the Steam page, but if that’s the case, it suggests that the security issues that surfaced earlier this year, whatever they may be. , are much more serious and difficult to resolve than anticipated. Some fans, however, are concerned that this signals a more permanent state of affairs – that Bandai Namco is washing its hands of the situation and moving forward.
I’ve contacted Bandai Namco to ask what’s going on and will update if I get a response. In the meantime, if you’re worried that Souls multiplayer won’t make a comeback, find hope in the redditor’s words and patience. bobface222: “Elden Ring sold 47 gajillion copies. That will be their priority for a while.”