If you play via Elden Ring on PC, you may want to disable the game’s online functionality for now. According to a Reddit report spotted by Eurogamer, some malicious individuals have come up with a hack that can send PC players into an endless death loop.
You can see the exploit in action in a video posted by Elden Ring Update on Twitter. A hacker will invade your game and use a specific ability that forces Elden Ring to crash. When you reload your save, your character will repeatedly drop until it dies. Elden Ring is a big game, and some players have reported losing up to 100 hours of gameplay this way.
If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because FromSoftware was recently forced to disable Dark Souls 3’s multiplayer features after a hacker identified a vulnerability in the game that allowed them to execute code remotely. The studio has been working to resolve the issue since February.
FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have not yet commented on the exploit. We’ll update this article when they say something about it. In the meantime, your best bet is to play offline. Failing that, you’ll want to back up your save regularly in case someone uses the exploit on one of your characters. In the worst case, it is possible to recover a save, but the process is not easy. You’ll need to press Alt F4 before your character dies, then quickly get to a grace site when you reload the game.