Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is out on PC, and not unlike the original Dark Souls, the port is far from perfect. A lot of players lately have been seeing themselves soft-banned—the disciplinary method employed by From Software that places cheaters, hackers, and other EULA breakers in their own sad corner of the servers where online interactions only function between each other. The exact reason is not entirely clear, but the popular theory at present is the helpful mod “DS2fix.”
The mod, as the name might imply, fixes several issued with the game, including a durability bug that has been around since
Dark Souls II‘s initial release (which was finally patched out recently), disabling griefers from giving themselves names that crash the game in multiplayer, removing corrupted items, and more. One user, struck with a softban, could not figure out why he received it, and asked Bandai Namco what was going on.
We have looked into this issue further with the Dark Souls 2 server team for the profile you provided and it appears that you have had restrictions/limitations placed on your account for Dark Souls 2: SOTFS, due to one of the following reasons at the time the violation was found:
-Using modified/hacked equipment.
-Hacking, modifying, or exploiting the game (game data, character, souls, Soul Memory, etc.) with external files/mods or trainers.
The Dark Souls II server team (FROMSOFTWARE) has specifically stated that any players found in violation of the End User License Agreement (EULA – which a player is forced to agree to follow before being able to play the game in “online mode”) WILL NOT have these restrictions/limitations lifted from their account. However, players will still be able to play in “online” mode, but the restrictions will limit the online interactions with other players.
The decisions for these restrictions/limitations on your account are ultimately handled by the Dark Souls II server team (FROMSOFTWARE) in Japan that is monitoring the servers and we would have no control or ability to change their decisions (we can only provide information regarding whether or not restrictions have been placed on an account).
His list of mods begins and ends with DS2fix, which is not exactly cheating as much as ensuring his game runs without crashing, and he is not alone in this. The creator of the mod disputed the idea that his mod was causing bans, but a representative from Bandai Namco’s statement—”
The safest way for people to avoid these soft bans is to not install mods like DS2Fix into Dark Souls II“—is a bit telling.
If you’re noticing a dearth of online features when playing
Dark Souls II, DS2fix might be the reason.