For those that might not have known, this isnt simply an issue of in-game cheaters. It had recently been discovered that hackers could use a Remote Code Execution (RCE) exploit to run dangerous code on the computers of anyone they play with through the game servers. Due to the danger of such an idea. The devs shut down the Dark Souls PvP servers until a solution could be found and implemented.
But fans of the franchise might have to wait a little longer. According to the official Dark Souls Twitter account, Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware have decided to put a pause on restoring the servers until they can get through the launch of Elden Ring, their upcoming RPG.
Due to the time requires to set up proper testing environment, online services for the DARK SOULS series on PC will not resume until after the release of ELDEN RING. We will continue to do everything we can to bring back these services as soon as possible.
Given the situation, we cant blame them. This is a terrible time to be given an issue as complicated as that. Elden Ring is one of the highest anticipated games of the last year, and it's only a couple weeks away. Preparing for a game launch like that is hard enough, we cant imagine how big of a wrench this already throws in that.
Fortunately, FromSoft claims that the issue has already been resolved for Elden Ring. So it should be safe to play online at launch. And given the nature of their games, Elden Ring should provide plenty of entertainment to keep fans busy while they get the Dark Souls servers back in order.
But until then, maybe play Dark Souls 3 in offline mode.