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Dark Souls III anti-cheating patch backfires, freezes everyone’s games

by Ron Duwell | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 8:00 am PST

Got cheaters in your game? Simple! Patch them out after the fact! That’s the logic these days that developers take to battle the online hordes of those who would play games dishonestly, and that’s just the path that From Software decided to take with Dark Souls III.

The problem is that the patch it created to target the game’s cheaters ended up targeting everyone else instead!

From Software’s patch was intended to fix several problems with the game, including players being registered as a visitor in their own world, players being sent to Firelink Shrine, or mysteriously being transformed into a dragon with no provocation. Hackers also exploited the game’s PVP by jumping into players’ games, killing them, flagging them as cheaters, and watching as the justice hammer came down on the innocent players’ heads.

We have heard your concerns about being victims of deviant behavior while playing online multiplayer, we have released a patch solving some of the issues you can encounter. Other updates will follow to continue this work, we will keep you posted in due times!

However, not long afterwards, it backfired, causing the game to freeze for the game’s millions of players, forcing From Software to pull the patch and promise to re-upload it as soon as it can.

The patch has been removed temporarily to fix the freeze issues. We hope to reinstate the patch ASAP. If you fall victim to one of the bugs previously fixed, don’t worry, you won’t be penalized. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more info. Thank you for your understanding.

Maybe we’ll be able to get this right one day. Just maybe.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...