In January, Bandai Namco deactivated the PvP servers for the PC editions of the Darkish Souls video games after discovering a serious security vulnerability in Darkish Souls 3. Bandai stated the service suspension was momentary, however then up to date in February to say that due to the time required to make sure the issue was absolutely solved, on-line companies for the Darkish Souls video games on PC wouldn’t be restored till someday after the launch of Elden Ring.
Six weeks after Elden Ring’s launch, nevertheless, there’s nonetheless no signal of multiplayer returning to the Souls video games—and actually, it is trying like Darkish Souls multiplayer could possibly be gone for much longer than anticipated, probably even completely. As first reported by The Outerhaven, all references to on-line play in Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls 3 have been eliminated. They’re now tagged as singleplayer video games solely.
The tags are gone, however references to on-line multiplayer choices stay in among the recreation descriptions. Darkish Souls: Put together to Die Version guarantees “PVP enviornment and on-line matchmaking system [with] fast matching for gamers to play 1vs1, 2vs2 and 4 participant battle royal,” the Remastered version gives “The Method of the Multiplayer (as much as 6 gamers with devoted servers)” and Darkish Souls 2 options an “up to date multiplayer system [that] allows improved on-line interplay to carry ahead cooperative and aggressive play.”
You may see the change within the Darkish Souls 2 web page now, in contrast with the way it seemed in February 2019:
It is potential that writer Bandai Namco eliminated the tags to keep away from confusion or accusations of false or deceptive promoting on the Steam web page, but when that is the case it means that the safety points that got here to mild earlier this yr, no matter they’re, are way more severe and troublesome to handle than anticipated. Some followers, nevertheless, are involved that it indicators a extra everlasting state of affairs—that Bandai Namco is washing its arms of the scenario and transferring on.
I’ve reached out to Bandai Namco to ask what is going on on, and can replace if I obtain a reply. Within the meantime, in case you’re frightened that Souls multiplayer will not be again, discover hope within the phrases and forbearance of redditor bobface222: “Elden Ring bought 47 gajillion copies. That is going to be their precedence for some time.”