The Dark Souls Remastered Steam release has come a day earlier than expected. The game is due for a global cross-platform release tomorrow on May 25. But for users on Steam, the game became suddenly buyable, and this is still the case.
Typically, early releases like this only come a few hours before official release. But users who pre-ordered the game on Steam quickly noticed that it had already become available in their library overnight, with no announcements from Bandai Namco or FromSoftware. Soon after, Steam users discovered that the Dark Souls Remastered Steam store page already has a buy button available.
The 50% discount for owners of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is also already in place, reducing the price of the game to $20. It also has a nice, bitesize download size of 6.6GB. Despite the critical praise of the remaster, the Steam reviews are currently sat at "mixed," with some users seeing the game as simply a paid patch. Steam user Bassam added, "a bad patch might I add, since bugs and exploits are still present."
Already, the same hacker who infamously found a "softban" exploit in Dark Souls 3 has done the same for Dark Souls Remastered. The hacker broadcasted a 3-hour Livestream where they invaded other peoples' worlds and attacked them with a hacked fireball attack that killed them instantly, debuffed them for the rest of their game and relegated them to low-priority servers rife with cheaters and effectively ruining the online content of the game.
As of right now, the only two options to bypass this issue if you encounter a hacker using the same exploit is to turn off the game's online functionality or to seek advice in a Reddit thread that's popped up detailing the steps you can take if you find yourself a victim of this softban.
If you're willing to deal with the issue or forfeit online play, you can pick up the Dark Souls Remastered Steam version now. If you're playing on Xbox One or PS4, you'll have to wait until tomorrow on May 25 to play it.