Dark Souls’ Multiplayer Functionality Might Not Return
Dark Souls fans are worried that their favorite multiplayer mode for the game might not return. Just this January, Bandai Namco decided to temporarily deactivate the PvP servers for the game’s PC editions. They discovered a serious security vulnerability in the franchise’s third installment.
At the time, devs said this service suspension was only temporary. However, they updated this status in February. Apparently, they need more time to ensure that they completely fix the issue. They announced to the dismayed gaming public that online services for Dark Souls on PC will only be back after Elden Ring’s launch.
It has already been six weeks since Elden Ring’s release. Sadly, there is still no sign of multiplayer returning to Dark Souls titles. It certainly looks like the feature will be absent from the game much longer, maybe even permanently.
At the moment, devs removed all online play tags for various Dark Souls games. The tags indicate they are now single-player games only. The tags themselves are not there. However, some references to online multiplayer options remain for certain game descriptions.
The description for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition still says “PvP arena and online matchmaking system with quick matching for players to play 1vs1, 2vs2, and 4-player battle royale.” Dark Souls 2 is still described to boast of an “updated multiplayer system that enables improved online interaction to bring forward cooperative and competitive play.” The Remastered edition still offers “The Way of the Multiplayer up to six players with dedicated servers.”
It is highly likely that Bandai decided to get rid of the tags in order to avoid confusion. They might not want to falsely lead fans by advertising a feature that is no longer available on the game’s Steam page. These actions suggest that the security issues that came to lighter earlier this year are more challenging to address than initially expected.
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