Elden Ring Patch 1.03.2 stops players being hacked on PC
UPDATE 23/3: Today, FromSoftware and Bandai Namco released update 1.03.2 for Elden Ring, which offers several bug fixes(Opens in a new window) including one that stops players on PC from being hacked by an intruder.
The patch is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and is required if you want to continue playing online. The other fixes include one that stopped players from advancing NPC Nepheli Loux’s questline, another that caused death when trying to descend from a location near the Bestial Sanctum, and another that prevented Ash of War’s Endure from taking effect .
The patch should be offered the next time you load the game on consoles and automatically applied if you play through Steam. If you had chosen to turn off online gaming to avoid being hacked, you can safely enable it again after this update is installed.
Original story 21/3:
Millions of people enjoy Elden Ring, but a hack on PC can ruin the experience.
As Eurogamer reports(Opens in a new window), a hack has been discovered that allows intruders (a feature where a player can enter another player’s game) to change saved game data. This results in the game crashing and the player entering an endless death loop every time they load the game.
As Reddit user Draiganedig explains(Opens in a new window), the good news is that there is an easy way to avoid the hack and a much more difficult way to fix it if you have already fallen victim to a malicious intruder. To avoid the hack, turn off online play in the game’s settings until developer FromSoftware fixes the bug.
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If you are already experiencing the endless death loop, the advice is to restart the game (Alt+F4) and try to quickly open the map using whichever key you have that function associated with. Once opened, load the Sites of Grace list and the “spam confirmation button.” If successful, the game should teleport your character to a Site of Grace, ending the death loop. This can take quite a few tries to achieve, so be prepared for some frustration.
So far, there’s been no confirmation that FromSoftware or publisher Bandai Namco are aware of the issue, so turn off online play before starting your next Elden Ring session just to be safe. I suspect that in the next couple of weeks an update will be released that will allow you to turn online features back on.
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