Over the weekend, Apex Legends was hit with a pretty nasty DDoS attack. Players were bombarded with messages to "Save Titanfall", in a response to on-going issues with hackers in the original game for PC. While it may have been used to spread a message, the behind the scenes reaction at Respawn paints a different picture.
Ryan K. Rigney, the director of communications at Respawn, spoke out about the matter after The Gamer published an article in reference to it. The piece titled "Congrats Titanfall Hackers, You Made A Bunch Of Devs Work On A Sunday" caught Rigney's attention, who then elaborated on how it affected him personally.
Rigney said: "Nobody wants to hear devs complain when DDoS attacks are still a problem we haven't solved. But this article is right". He also added: "I was holding my newborn nephew when I found out about the Apex hack. Had to hand him back, go work, and miss out on a day with family."
The ongoing DDoS attacks in Titanfall for PC are a problem Respawn is familiar with, but as Rigney points out, "DDoSing in particular is just a hard problem to solve. Really hard."
He also said that "the team has never stopped working on DDoS solutions, and anti-cheat is just a never-ending war of whack-a-mole", continuing with the promise that "on the DDoS front, we WILL solve this. When we do, I promise you it won't be because hackers 'made us aware' by ruining a holiday."
While the issues in Titanfall are unquestionably frustrating, hacking another game to spread awareness is not the way, especially when it affects the team behind the game who are working around the clock to fix said problem. It also diverts attention and energy from the original issues at hand, losing precious time in coming up with a fix.
We do hope a way out is found - for both the team and the community's sake - but there has to be a better way. Here's hoping everyone can come together to build a sustainable solution, and Titanfall on PC becomes playable again.
What do you think of the whole 'Save Titanfall' hacking campaign? Let us know down in the comments.