Dark Souls 3's PC servers are back offline despite being restored by FromSoftware just four weeks ago

Four Weeks After Being Fixed, Dark Souls 3's PC Servers Are Down Again

Dark Souls 3's PC servers are back offline despite being restored by FromSoftware just four weeks ago.
The Dark Souls Twitter account announced the news (below), saying that the Steam servers were down once again. No explanation of what the issue is or how long it will be an issue were given, but the developer did say it was actively investigating and trying to solve the problem.
"At this time, there is a confirmed issue with Dark Souls 3 online play via the Steam platform," FromSoftware said. "We are investigating the source of the problem and will inform you as soon as more details become available."

Fans were also thanked for their patience but, given the regularity of online problems encountered in the Dark Souls series, it's perhaps not surprising that the replies and retweets to FromSoftware's announcement were full of complaints.
Before being brought back online four weeks ago, the Dark Souls 3 servers had been down for eight months. The servers were first taken down after an exploit was discovered that allowed other players to take over the user's PC, and FromSoftware has been releasing incremental updates ever since as it worked to bring back its games' online features.
There's nothing to suggest that the current server issue is related to this exploit, but the original Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 are both still offline as a result of the same issue.
Every IGN FromSoftware Game Review<a href=Reviewed by Adam Douglas
October 25, 1997
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October 19, 1998
"To be quite honest, I never, ever played the original Armored Core. That said, I feel Armored Core Project Phantasma is a decent mission-based action title, but it isn't for fans who like jump-in-and-play-style games. Project Phantasma requires a little bit of time to sit down and manage how you're going to build and upgrade your robot (I'm trying my darndest to not call them " mechs"), and you can't just find the best legs, arms, and bodies money can buy - each needs the power to run it.

Missions themselves range from stupidly easy to incredibly hard, and they jump around in difficulty throughout the game. The game's a challenge, I'll certainly admit that. Controlling your robot is pretty simple, except when your fingers slip off the shoulder buttons and accidentally cause the camera to rise or fall in the middle of the action.

Armored Core Project Phantasma is not a high-key PlayStation title, but it's a fun action title in the same vein as a slower-paced version of Virtual On, especially in two-player mode."" src="/uploads/2022/09/22/dark-souls-3x27s-pc-servers-are-back-offline-despite-being-restored-by-fromsoftware-just-four-weeks-ago-2.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/><a href=Reviewed by Max Everingham
September 7, 1999
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As I played through the game, there were moments of real tension and excitement as I tried to attain certain objectives and it was always scary (but oddly amusing) to try and escape from the crazy floating child-doll thingy. The gaming experience is where Echo Night shines through. No-one will remember the graphics, and you might even forget the eerie soundtrack, but it'll be a while before you get that child out of your head. When you next fire up one of those all-style-no-substance crowd-pleasing games, a tear will form in your eye as you think of Echo Night. Look past the clunky game engine for a moment and soak up the ambiance created onboard the good ship Orpheus. Go on, you could do worse."" src="/uploads/2022/09/22/dark-souls-3x27s-pc-servers-are-back-offline-despite-being-restored-by-fromsoftware-just-four-weeks-ago-3.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/><a href=Reviewed by Jeremy Conrad
March 27, 2000
Overall, Armored Core: Master of Arena is a good game. Definitely a better " sequel" than Project Phantasma was. Even with the graphics showing their age, the gameplay and concept behind the game is still fun and addicting. It's games with cool ideas such as Armored Core (and Carnage Heart) that will be remembered as PlayStation hands the torch over to PS2.

If you are a fan of Armored Core (or mecha games in general), you will probably find something here to enjoy. Even if you have never played Armored Core before, this game has enough to get you into it. And to get you excited about the PlayStation 2 version, Armored Core 2." src="/uploads/2022/09/22/dark-souls-3x27s-pc-servers-are-back-offline-despite-being-restored-by-fromsoftware-just-four-weeks-ago-4.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/><a href=Reviewed by David Smith
October 24, 2000
I have a hard time mustering a tremendous degree of excitement for Eternal Ring, because despite some of its more interesting ideas and scenes, it still tells a fairly pedestrian story through fairly pedestrian action, like the King's Field adventures that came before it. It's far better than they were, but they were some of the worst RPGs of the 32-bit age, so that's not saying a great deal. The game's high points are relatively small, lone spikes.

If you're starving for an RPG on PlayStation 2, though (or, just to cover all the bases, if you could actually stand King's Field), I would recommend this over Orphen at the very least, and perhaps Ever Grace as well, depending on how either From Software offering suits your particular taste. Most gamers would probably be best served by sticking to the PlayStation or Dreamcast for their RPG fix, though, until deeper, more polished games ride the second wave of PS2 software in." src="/uploads/2022/09/22/dark-souls-3x27s-pc-servers-are-back-offline-despite-being-restored-by-fromsoftware-just-four-weeks-ago-5.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>
The exploit was discovered just a month before FromSoftware released Elden Ring, causing fans looking forward to the game to grow worried it would affect its multiplayer components. Thankfully, however, Elden Ring was able to launch without major issues and became an incredible success.
It did have to deal with a few hacking issues though, after an infamous Dark Souls hacker appeared in Elden Ring and forced illegal items into players' inventories, causing them to be banned. Even weirder, the game's secret underwear was also being used by trolls to get other players banned.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.
This story originally appeared on: IGN - Author:Ryan Dinsdale

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