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Multiplayer tag removed from Dark Souls games on Steam

The multiplayer tag has suddenly disappeared from all Dark Souls games on Steam, and players are confused and worried about why.
Multiplayer tag removed from Dark Souls games on Steam

As of 13th April 2022, Bandai Namco has mysteriously removed the multiplayer tags from all three Dark Souls games on Steam. This change has left many players with questions and concerns as to whether multiplayer functionality may be permanently removed from Dark Souls.

Some players believe that the tags may have been removed due to issues with PvP servers that have been going on since January. Read on to learn everything we know about multiplayer tags being removed from Dark Souls games, and what fans are saying about bringing them back.

Multiplayer tags disappearing from Dark Souls games

Players fear the removal of multiplayer functionality from Dark Souls might be permanent. (Image: IGN)

All Dark Souls games, including Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls 3, once sported the tags "Online co-op" and "Online PvP," on their Steam pages, coinciding with their gameplay. Now, as of early April 2022, the games have been assigned a "Single-player" tag only. 

Back in January, Bandai Namco deactivated PvP servers for all three games due to issues with the servers. In fact, the vulnerabilities in Dark Souls 3 were so severe that the exploits could cause damage to users' devices.

Bandai Namco promised to work on bringing multiplayer functionality back after the release of Elden Ring, but the studio has yet to release any further information, and multiplayer remains disabled for the foreseeable future.

Many fans believe that the removal of the games' "Online co-op" and "Online PvP" tags may be to prevent confusion or misinformation associated with the supposedly temporary January changes since the features are still not currently available.

Other fans think the tag changes reflect a more permanent change since it has taken the company over three months to edit the tags and has made no further statements.

Players frustrated with possible removal of multiplayer in Dark Souls

Given the lack of clear information from Bandai Namco about the issues with PvP and the subsequent changes to Steam, many players have expressed their annoyance with the studio and the games.

"I finally bought Dark souls 3 ONE DAY BEFORE the servers went down," Redditor jeoxs commented. "I thought it was a problem with my internet connection or location but, 1 month later, I discovered this!"

Other players suggested that the company has a good reason for not fixing the PvP problems and that they therefore may be permanent or last longer than expected.

"My theory with no proof is that the exploit takes advantage of something underpinning and so fundamental to their engine that it can't realistically be fixed with a quick patch," Redditor Queasy-Dingo-8586 mused.

Dark Souls multiplayer co-op capability
Multiplayer is certainly a popular facet of Dark Souls. (Picture: FromSoftware)

That's everything you need to know about Dark Souls' multiplayer tags on Steam, and whether they're coming back. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide you with further updates as we receive word.


Featured image courtesy of Bandai Namco.