Bandai Namco has announced that thanks to an “aging” system, PC servers for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will remain offline. While this will end online features for that game, PC servers for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin have been reactivated and online features for the base edition of Dark Souls II and Dark Souls: Remastered will be restored in the future. .
“We have determined that we will not be able to support online services for the PC version of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, which was released in 2012, due to an aging system,” Bandai Namco tweeted via the official Dark Souls account. “We apologize for the long wait and ask for your understanding on this matter.”
We have determined that we will not be able to support online services for the PC version of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, which was released in 2012, due to an aging system.
We apologize for the long wait and ask for your understanding on this matter.
– Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) October 25, 2022
This version of the game will continue to be sold online, and Bandai Namco added that save game data will not be affected by the closed servers. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition was the first PC port of the From Software-developed game and was criticized for being a poorly optimized version that had some bugs.
With a limited frame rate and locked resolution further holding it back, hardworking fans have begun working on several mods to help improve the game. A more rounded remaster of Dark Souls arrived in 2018, largely replacing the Prepare to Die Edition as the best version of the Soulslike.
Dark Souls games have suffered from some server issues recently, as From Software announced in January that it had taken the online servers for those games offline due to an exploit that lets other players attack your system. Online features for Dark Souls 3 on PC were restored in August. From Software has had a blockbuster year thanks to the critical and commercial success of Elden Ring, and the studio’s next game is said to be nearing completion.
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