While most Dark Souls players have been busy with the launch of Dark Souls III, Bandai Namco’s fastest-selling game to date, fans of the original Dark Souls are stuck with an odd problem: The PC version of the game’s been offline for a week.
Players began to notice a suspicious lack of bloodstains, the marks left behind by other online players when they die. They quickly realized that the matchmaking servers and all related services, including co-op, weren’t working.
One clue comes from the game’s Steam page, which indicates that Dark Souls was last updated on April 13th—approximately the same time players started experiencing issues. Since Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players haven’t been affected, it seems likely that a problem with this update is the cause.
Bandai Namco hasn’t officially addressed the issue yet, though a community manager confirmed that the dev team is “aware” of fans’ complaints.
RE: Dark Souls PTDE Matchmaking. Not sure why it’s being funky. Have made dev team aware – Will share any updates.
— J. Kartje (@JKartje) April 14, 2016
With the recent popularity of Dark Souls III, many new players are picking up Dark Souls for the first time. Hopefully, Bandai Namco will get the servers running for them again soon.