Elden Ring players beware. activated users reddit and twitter have shown that Elden Ring Hackers are breaking into players’ games, crashing them and sending players into recursive loops, doomed to fall to their deaths as soon as they log in again.
In the video shown by @EldenRingUpdate on Twitter, you can see an invader activating an ability that immediately crashes the game. This is followed by subsequent login attempts, seeing the player load out of bounds and fall to their death.
⚠️Elden Ring PSA for PC players⚠️There is an exploit on PC where hackers will corrupt your save file while you are hacked. First they will crash your game and when you open it again your character will be constantly falling to their death… pic.twitter.com/8et3bl8T1IMarch 18, 2022
In terms of prevention, there are two real options for the player in question:
- Avoid playing online: You don’t need to start Elden Ring in offline mode necessarily. Co-op and raids are opt-in by area, and you can opt out of this aspect. This is far from an ideal solution, however.
- Backup your saves: Elden Ring saves are located at C:/Users/[name]/AppData/Roaming/EldenRing (you’ll need “show hidden files” enabled in File Explorer to see them). Just copy the folder whose name is a long string of numbers and keep the backup somewhere safe, updating it at your discretion.
If you fall victim to this prank and don’t have a backup of your saves, some users have reported a fix to get out of the loop of death. It is still possible to teleport to another site for free while falling, with the only complication being that you have a very small window to do so before dying and being sent to a loading screen again.
Draiganedig on the Elden Ring subreddit states that Alt-F4 exiting Elden Ring will give you more time to do the maneuver at the next login, but I haven’t been able to test this. Pressing “Y” on an Xbox-style controller while on the map screen will center the cursor on the Roundtable Hold website for free (honestly, a useful quality-of-life feature, even outside of this situation.) The idea is to open the map during your short window between kills, quickly press Y and start hitting the button to “confirm” your choice, which is the default “A” on Xbox gamepads. I embedded a video from a Twitch streamer, Kaimitsu_Enjupulling the maneuver successfully:
A similar hack that corrupted save files via buggy items leftovers by raiders existed in Dark Souls 3, and I remember buggy raider items also floating around since Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on Games for Windows Live. There were concerns in the community that a full malware security vulnerability present in Dark Souls 1–3 multiplayer could be purchased for Elden Ring, but Bandai Namco has acknowledged the problem and nothing of the sort seems to have arisen in the month since Elden Ring’s release. Dark Souls 3’s PC servers, however, remain offline.