As reported by the BBC, action role-playing game Dark Souls 3 has been taken offline following reports of an exploit that could allow bad actors to take control of your PC. Publisher Bandai Namco and developer FromSoftware have turned off player-v-player (PvP) servers, meaning gamers cannot play competitively.
The downtime affects Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered. But the purported exploit cannot affect console gamers and as such PvP remains available on PlayStation and Xbox. Dark Souls 3 was released in 2016 to much fanfare and remains one of the top 100 most-played games on PC by active users, according to game-distribution service Steam. Though the servers being down reduces functionality, the game remains entirely playable without PvP.