Users discovered various Dark Souls multiplayer tags are missing on Steam, after the games had multiplayer shut down months ago.
While it remains unclear why the various Dark Souls multiplayer tags are missing on Steam (via The Outer Haven), the likely reason is that publisher Bandai Namco still hasn’t brought the games’ multiplayer back online and wants to avoid listing currently-removed features.
All of the Dark Souls games had their online multiplayer for PC shut down because an RCE (remote code execution) vulnerability was discovered.
This vulnerability basically opens up a user’s local machine to be completely compromised, if a hacker encountered you in the game’s online multiplayer.
When the Dark Souls games had their multiplayer shut down, Bandai Namco confirmed they “identified the cause” of the RCE exploit, and they are “working on fixing the issue.”
As such, the three main Souls games would have their multiplayer offline until after Elden Ring, their big new Souls game, launched worldwide.
Bandai Namco also confirmed they “made sure the necessary security measures are in place” for Elden Ring on all supported platforms – both on PC and consoles.
We haven’t heard a peep from Bandai Namco since, and in case you weren’t aware – Elden Ring has sold a bajillion copies worldwide and its publisher is even talking about building it into a cross-media franchise at this point.
The latest mainline Souls game, Dark Souls III, has been available for Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In case you missed it, you can find our review for Dark Souls III here (we highly recommend the game). Elden Ring is available now across Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.