After months of speculation and unconfirmed reports of received fixes, FromSoftware has finally officially confirmed that it is bringing back online servers for Dark Souls games on PC.
The story goes back to the beginning of 2022, when the discovery of a serious security vulnerability in Dark Souls 3 led publisher Bandai Namco to suspend PvP servers for all Dark Souls games on PC. Bandai and FromSoftware initially said that the servers would be kept offline until after Elden Ring was released, giving the expectation that the service would be restored relatively soon, but that Did not happen. Four months later, they remain missing.
A Reddit post earlier this month claimed that a Bandai Namco Support Representative had said help was on the way, and now we finally got it straight from the source.
“We are currently in the process of restoring the Dark Souls series online servers on PC,” said FromSoftware in an email sent to PC Gamer. “We plan to restore online service for each game progressively, bringing servers back to Dark Souls 3 once we complete the necessary work to fix the issue.”
“We will provide additional updates once the restoration schedule is finalized. We want to thank all our players for their patience and understanding as we work to fix this issue.”
There’s no timeline for the fixes, and the statement about bringing back “each game progressively” is a bit confusing: to my reading it suggests they’ll be done in order (1, 2, 3), but the mention of Dark Souls 3 specifically indicates that it will be first – which makes the most sense since it’s being played a lot more than the others. But that’s just details: the important thing is that it’s happening, and that the process is far enough along that FromSoftware and Bandai are finally willing to say so. I’ve reached out for more information on the timeline for fixes and will update if I get a response.