All three Dark Souls' servers went down earlier this year after an exploit was discovered that allowed hackers to access your PC and find passwords and other sensitive data. Nearly a year later, Dark Souls 2 and 3's servers are back up, but the first Dark Souls will remain shut down permanently.
"We have determined that we will not be able to support online services for the PC version of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition that was released in 2012, due to an aging system", Dark Souls tweeted. "We apologize for the long wait and ask for your understanding in this matter… Work on the restoration of online services for the PC version of Dark Souls Remastered is still underway, and we will inform you when they return."
This comes amidst the announcement that Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin's servers have been reactivated, meaning you can once again access online functionality whether that's invading, scribbling down messages, summoning your buds for help, or spending hours in the arena, scrambling for a victory. But the original Dark Souls 2's servers remain offline at the moment, though they "will be made available at a later date."
Servers won't be activated again for the original Dark Souls on PC, but you can still access the game offline, so no progress will be lost. If you want to enjoy online functionality, you'll have to use fan-made servers and mods, but this comes with its own risks – there won't be official bans in place, meaning you may run into more hackers and cheaters.
Alternatively, you can buy the Remastered version, though this is already proving unpopular as it means existing players will have to fork out $40 to gain access to online again.
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