Titanfall fans have hacked Apex Legends in an effort to flag the attention of developer Respawn.
Log into Apex Legends on PC right now and instead of the usual playlists, you'll get the URL "savetitanfall.com" with the subheader, "[Titanfall 1] is being attacked so is Apex".
Players are also getting an "important message" at the end of each match that requests players "visit and repost savetitanfall.com", a website that's been online since at least March 2021. Affected players are seemingly unable to access other game modes, essentially blocking them from playing at all.
"Titanfall is a beloved franchise by many, and hacker issues have been at rise [sic]," a statement on the website concerned insists. "The Titanfall community has been begging Respawn to fix this issue for over three years, but to no avail. Today this game is still being sold, while being completely unplayable. It's time we speak up.
"Titanfall 1 is currently unplayable on PC due to hacker(s) using exploits that prevents players from being able to play the game," the explanation adds (thanks, Apex Legends News). "This issue has been happening for years and Respawn is willingly pretending that they do not know about the situation.
Players are being given this "Important Message" after finishing a match. pic.twitter.com/SGKvduO95p— Apex Legends News (@alphaINTEL) July 4, 2021
"To this day, Titanfall 1 is still on sale on the Origin, and more recently Steam, even though it is unplayable. Respawn, the developers, have been contacted about this matter numerous times in many ways. Even when the developers have been directly contacted, as soon as the topic of the Titanfall 1 problem is brought up, they stop replying. Electronic Arts, the parent company of Respawn and publisher for Titanfall 1 are aware of the situation, with countless reports to their client support and forums over the years."
As yet, developer Respawn has not publicly commented on the hacking.
Ironically enough, hackers and cheaters are already on the minds of Respawn when it comes to Apex Legends, anyway. In recent months players have reported increased DDoS attacks on Ranked games, with Respawn pledging to take "huge steps" to fix the problem.
As recently explained on Twitter, Respawn said it's hiring "more people to focus on manual bans", and is also investigating new ways to catch and remove cheaters from games - presumably through automated tools. Respawn also specifically addressed the DDoS problem, saying it was "developing more tools to automatically detect and stop DDoS attacks".