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Titanfall players hack Apex Legends to complain about hackers


The Save Titanfall campaign says it isn’t associated with the incident (pic: EA)

Disgruntled Titanfall fans upset with the state of the game decided to hack Apex Legends to try and force Respawn’s hand.

Online multiplayer games are no stranger to hacking incidents, but Apex Legends was struck with a rather unique case over the weekend. These hackers weren’t out to score some easy wins but instead raise awareness of the problems plaguing one of Respawn’s previous games, Titanfall.

As reported by Apex Legends News on Twitter, messages reading ‘Save Titanfall’ began appearing in playlists and after matches. Some players couldn’t even access any of the game modes.

The messages directed players to a website, SaveTitanfall.com, which explains the true purpose behind the hack. Basically, Titanfall, which still has an active community despite releasing in 2014, is also suffering from hackers and DDOS attacks that render it unplayable.

The website accuses Respawn and EA of deliberately ignoring these issues and knowingly selling a game that doesn’t work. However, while it’s apparent that the hackers support the website’s cause, a disclaimer found at the top of the page reads: ‘This website, nor the Discord servers listed below, are in no way associated with the recent Apex Legends hack.’

Titanfall players’ frustration is perfectly understandable, but members of its community choosing to ruin another game because their game is being hacked suggests a considerable lack of self-awareness.

Fortunately for Apex Legends players, Respawn has since issued a fix and restored matchmaking. It adds that, while disruptive, the hack hasn’t affected players’ personal data or accounts.

While Apex Legends shares the same issues as Titanfall, Respawn has been making more of an effort to address those. This makes sense as Apex Legends is more current than Titanfall, but the studio has appeared to acknowledge Titanfall’s problems.

In May, Respawn publicly stated it was investigating the DDOS attacks affecting Titanfall, and the studio’s own director of communications, Ryan Rigney, posted a lengthy, frustrated thread about the situation.

‘The situation affecting the Titanfall games right now is so frustrating. Weeks of work required to address each new stupid thing. Instead of delivering new value, building incredible things for players, we’ve got people tearing our hair out digging into the newest exploit, the new type of attack, some fresh way to target streamers, or high-rank lobbies, or everyone. Weeks of work thrown away.’

Respawn has not commented on the Save Titanfall website or the motives of the hackers.

Apex Legends is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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