Well, that didn’t take long. Dark Souls: Remastered was released a day early on Steam and within hours, the game was getting hacked. What’s more, it was being hacked by a known hacker from the community who was also streaming his blatant cheating to viewers.
He goes by the name “Malcolm Reynolds,” a reference to Firefly, and there is very little sport in the way he was playing. After changing some values in the game, Malcolm was able to wield a fireball that had infinite casts, insane damage, a devastatingly large and invisible radius, and some enfeeblements. For one, his fireball cursed players, which reduces their maximum HP. For two, it applied “egghead” which consumes half of the souls players pick up and also forbids them from wearing a helmet. The fireball also destroyed equipment. After an encounter with Malcolm, it was probably better to just start a whole new character.
Malcolm has, in the past, also managed to get honest players softbanned in Dark Souls III. I’m sure players who met Malcolm last night definitely had their view of the game impacted one way or another and it is sad that, after all the issues with previous Dark Souls games, FromSoft still hasn’t handled the cheating problem.