Dark Souls’ original PC version goes offline permanently

Dark Souls’ original PC version goes offline permanently

FromSoftware has announced that the PC servers for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition have been taken offline permanently, although the Remastered version will still be restored.

FromSoftware also confirms that Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin’s PC servers are back online after ten months, saying in a tweet (below) that the infrastructure of the original Dark Souls is simply too old to support this time.

“We have decided that we will not be able to support online services for the PC version of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition released in 2012, due to an aging system,” it said. “We apologize for the long wait and ask for your understanding in this matter.”

The Prepare to Die Edition was the original PC release for the game, launching almost a year after the original console editions.

Dark Souls: Remastered will be back up and running eventually, although it’s still unclear when exactly FromSoftware will restore its servers after a serious exploit – which allowed other players to take over a user’s PC – took all three games offline in January.

FromSoftware has released incremental updates since then and restored the Dark Souls 3 servers in August. Now that the servers for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin are back online, FromSoftware’s attention should turn to restoring Dark Souls: Remastered, although it’s unclear whether it will focus on this or the base version of Dark Souls 2 first.

Since the original exploit occurred just a month before the developer released Elden Ring, fans looking forward to the game were concerned that it would affect the multiplayer components. Fortunately, though, Elden Ring was able to launch without much trouble and became an incredible success.

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However, it had to deal with a few hacking issues, after a notorious Dark Souls hacker appeared in the Elden Ring and forced illegal items into players’ inventories, causing them to be banned. Even weirder, the game’s secret underwear was also used by trolls to get other players banned.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He wants to talk about The Witcher all day.

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