Hacker ‘Elden Ring” Wants to Be Caught, He’s Too
When you are literally fighting for your lives during Elden Ring’s session, the last thing you want is for some bozo to come invading. Imagine that infamous Souls hacker as a bozo who is soft-banning and killing players. That’s one bad day at work.
According to a report by Kotaku, the hacker is Malcolm Reynolds. He has a long history of doing this kind of thing. You see that Malcolm has hacked weapons almost unbeatable. But his Elden Ring shenanigans, which include killing people and basically begging developers FromSoftware, are far more sinister than just hacking them.
Malcolm infiltrates your game, and it inevitably kills it. The game then adds “illegal items” to your inventory used during the development process. This causes the game to believe that it’s your hacking. If it weren’t so stupid, that would be brilliant.
This means that you can only play online with hackers, which, if your goal is to hack, will likely make you feel really miserable. Reynolds does talk about how he achieved this in a chat with Kotaku. But the TL: DR is that he exploited the game’s sub-standard anti-cheating systems. Reynolds even claimed that he would like to be caught in closing the loop on FromSoftware. However, IGN has noted that Reynolds uploaded videos of himself killing people and laughing about it.
If Malcolm Reynolds is coming at you with a full-throttle attack during a gaming session, the best thing to do is either immediately turn off your game or kill yourself to stop him from killing you. This is a foolproof method to maintain the status quo in your game, even though it’s not fun or fair.