Anime Fighter attacked by hackers who have made it unplayable

Anime Fighter attacked by hackers who have made it unplayable

A Guilty Gear Strive photo of Faust (right) grabbing and munching on Chipp Zanuff (left).

Hacked when it has your R code.
Screenshot: Arc System works

Guilty Gear StriveArc System Works’ mega-popular 2D anime fighter is under attack by hackers who have resurfaced a fatal exploit that apparently renders the game unplayable for some players online.

Like most competitive games, Guilty Gear Strive has a method to store player data. This is called the “R code” and it contains all kinds of information, from the in-game handle to the win-loss record, among other things. It’s not the most stable, as players reported a couple of years ago R code error wanted do not allow the game to connect to online matches. And last December, hackers discovered they could change a player’s R code details, such as a name, in the middle of a match to crash a game. It seems this exploit has reared its head again, as hackers find they can change not only a player’s name but also force a player to send in-game chat messages and creates problems with memory leaks that slow a match to a crawl. This issue seems to affect the most Struggleits online modes including arcade, dojo, training and others.

As Struggle pro Julian “Hotashi” Harris said in January 3 YouTube video about the exploit that it seems to happen at rare intervals “since whoever is doing this hacking thing [appears to be on] Eastern European time. On top of send unsolicited messages and crashes games, Hotashi noted that the hack could “cause some sort of GPU or CPU leak”, forcing Struggle to slow down your computer to an unplayable speed or, even worse, “black screen your computer.” Hotashi also said that while you’re more likely to be targeted by this exploit if you’re a prominent figure in the community, the problem isn’t just relegated to PC streamers. Console players are said to have been affected as well. I guess no one is safe now.

Fighting game commentator Stephen “Sajam” Lyon said that talk of the hack is an important discussion to have Frosty Faustingsa well-known one tournament circuit where Struggle will appearstarts February 2. So players have a hard time getting their training in while this exploitation abounds.


“It’s a function that allows you to follow people in Guilty Gear Strive“, Sajam said. “And then, even if the person isn’t streaming their matches live, you’ll know when they’re online and playing people and doing things. So the way you have to practice is you have to play in offline mode.”

Kotaku contacted Arc System Works for comment but did not receive a response prior to publication. However, Zack “Shini” Tan, an Arc System Works producer said on Twitter that he is “back at the office” and looks at the reports.

Meanwhile, the R-Code exploit has gotten so bad that a Struggle VTuber Tournament scheduled to start on January 6 was exposed for now. Hopefully Arc System Works can fix this soon so people can get back to playing.

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