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Apex Legends hacked to protest Titanfall server hacks

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Apex Legends hacked to protest Titanfall server hacks
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Apex Legends hacked to protest Titanfall server hacks

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Through Jonathan Bolding 04 July 2021

Matchmaking was broken for many players.

Widespread reports from players on social media outlined a hacking attack on Apex Legends servers that rendered the game unplayable and instead replaced server playlists with a post about Titanfall, Respawn’s previous game series. “SAVETITANFALL.COM, TF1 is under attack, as is Apex,” the message read. Players also received an “Important message” pop-up after matches that read “Visit and repost savetitanfall.com”.

The “savetitanfall.com” website has a message stating that the site, and the Discord servers on it, are “in no way associated with the recent Apex Legends hack”.

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Players who saw the hack couldn’t queue for any game mode but the one who hacked the hack to display the message. PC Gamer was able to find examples of the hack in both PC and PS4 lobbies.

Players affected by the hack will not be able to queue for another game mode. The website accuses EA of “fraud” for selling Titanfall when it is “unplayable”. (Clip via @YungLucianOG) pic.twitter.com/4MqZi2UBh9July 4, 2021

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The website savetitanfall.com, which has been up and running for a few months now, is designed to draw attention to Titanfall, a game that has been unplayable for years due to a plague of hackers who are shutting down the servers and spamming lobbies that start with bots. Since Titanfall is multiplayer only, the game – which is still widely available for purchase – remains generally unplayable. Over the past few months, the occasional few weeks of uptime have popped up, especially the following a promise from Respawn that “help is coming”.

Despite that promise, the servers have servers still fell in and out regularly. According to members of the Titanfall Remnant Fleet community, game servers have been regularly down since 2018, rendering the game unplayable for weeks. The outages started long before Titanfall made its way to Steam late last year, though the Steam forums are flooded with messages stating that the game is unplayable.

After the first publication of this story, Respawn tweeted that it was investigating the issue and then post a server update that it says fixes the problem. Respawn also stated that “this attack, while disruptive, has not compromised players’ personal information or accounts.”

We have confirmed that matchmaking has been restored. We’ll keep an eye on it, but think the problem has been resolved. Thanks for your patience, Legends.July 5, 2021

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This is not the first hacking issue to affect Apex Legends. Earlier this year, Respawn pledged to take steps to address these hacking and DDoS attack issues as well.

In May, Respawn Entertainment Director of Communications, Ryan K. Rigney, tweeted about the frustrations of dealing with these hackers. Rigney said it takes “weeks of work” to tackle each new exploit.

I wish all hackers/impostors/evil actors who ruin games would find more satisfying hobbies. Why use your talent to tear communities apart? The situation affecting the Titanfall games right now is so frustrating. Takes weeks of work to tackle each new stupid thing.May 25, 2021

PC Gamer has reached out to EA and Respawn about the situation with Apex Legends and will update if we receive a response.

Jon Bolding is a game writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he’s not on his PC, he can play every tabletop game under the sun.

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