A number of players are saying that the Titanfall 2 servers on PS4 and Xbox are being affected by a similar style of DDOS attack that has been plaguing the PC version of the game for months, echoing last weekend's Apex Legends hack.
Titanfall 2 is the sequel to 2014's Titanfall, a first-person shooter where players can use high-flying acrobatics on the battlefield to combat their opponents. A signature of the series is the ability to hop into big stompy mechs called Titans. Not much has happened with the franchise since the mobile game Titanfall: Assault launched in 2017.
Since then, Respawn Entertainment has created the Battle Royale Apex Legends, a game that has proven to be wildly popular and continues to have a healthy playerbase to this day. Its predecessor, however, is not doing all that well.
What's Happening with the Titanfall 2 Servers on PS4 and Xbox?
Player reports from several different sources say that the Titanfall 2 servers are being DDOSed on PS4 and Xbox, effectively removing the ability of people to play the game on those platforms.
"Tried getting on both [July 5th and July 6th]," read a comment from /u/Sneakknife in a Reddit submission discussing the problem. "[30-second] games and booted instantly. Makes me sad I can't go on and play a few games anymore."
"This is a cry for help from the [Titanfall] 2 community," said @PancakeSatan666 in a tweet. "I reach out as a plea to all of you. Apex community, we need your help. Respawn, we need your help. The [DDOS] and Hacking situation on [Titanfall] 2 escalated, the ENTIRE ps4 network is under siege. Playerbase : -300.""
Discussions on social media highlight the rapid response to the recent Apex Legends hack which highlighted the "Save Titanfall" project. The Save Titanfall project and the hacker both stated that they are in no way affiliated with one another; rather, the hack was intended to bring attention to the dire state of the Titanfall and Titanfall 2 servers.
"Titanfall has been having security issues for years now," explained DirectXeon, an admin of the NoSkill Community Discord server that is a contributing member of the Save Titanfall project. "These security holes allowed hackers to take control of the game’s server and crash them, essentially rendering the game completely unplayable to anyone. Players all over the world have been contacting EA Support and Respawn to fix these [issues] for years, but they never listened or acknowledged the problem back then."
Some players have made the claim that Respawn Entertainment is not aware of the issue. However, the company has acknowledged the problems with Titanfall and Titanfall 2 servers months ago; most recently, the company's Director of Communications emphasized the challenge of solving this kind of problem.
"The team has never stopped working on DDoS solutions, and anti-cheat is just a never-ending war of whack-a-mole," read a recent tweet from Respawn Entertainment's Director of Communications Ryan K. Rigney. "On the DDoS front, we WILL solve this. When we do, I promise you it won't be because hackers 'made us aware' by ruining a holiday. They achieved nothing of value."
Did you miss out on some games due to the recent upswell in attacks on Titanfall 2 servers? Do you think Respawn Entertainment has done an adequate job in trying to resolve the issue? Let us know in the comments below!