After months of speculation and unconfirmed reports of incoming fixes, FromSoftware has finally officially confirmed that it is bringing back the online servers for the Dark Souls games on PC.
The story goes back to early 2022 when the discovery of a serious security vulnerability in Dark Souls 3 prompted publisher Bandai Namco to suspend PvP servers for all Dark Souls games on PC. Bandai and FromSoftware initially said the servers would remain offline until after the release of Elden Ring, giving the expectation that service would be restored relatively soon after, but that didn’t happen. Four months later they remain MIA.
A Reddit post from earlier this month claimed a Bandai Namco support rep said help was on the way, and now we finally have it straight from the source.
“We are currently in the process of restoring the online servers for the Dark Souls series on PC,” FromSoftware said in an email to PC Gamer. “We plan to gradually restore online service for each game and bring back the servers for Dark Souls 3 once we have completed the necessary work to resolve the issue.”
“We will provide additional updates once the recovery plan is finalized. We would like to thank all of our players for their patience and understanding while we work to resolve this issue.”
There’s no timeline for the fixes, and the statement of “bringing each game back gradually” is a bit confusing: I think it suggests that they’ll be done in order (1, 2, 3), but the mention of Dark Souls 3 explicitly states that it will be the first – which makes more sense given that it’s played so much more often than the others. But those are just details: what matters is that it happens and that the process has progressed to the point that FromSoftware and Bandai are finally ready to say so. I have requested more information on the bug fix schedule and will update when I receive a response.
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