Due to “emergency maintenance” being done on Bloodborne, players should expect the servers for From Software’s action-RPG to be offline for several days.

Bloodborne fans may have experienced a setback while taking on the action-RPG last night, for there are now reports of players having been booted to the title screen during playtime, with server maintenance being cited as the reason. Although Bloodborne‘s offline components remain intact, the team at From Software has stated that the game’s online modes ought to be down for “a few days.”

Considering the fact that Bloodborne‘s first-ever expansion pack with The Old Hunters DLC was just released last week, many fans are surely disappointed with the news, and they rightfully should be. After all, the server maintenance came as a surprise to everyone, as it was completely unannounced. Not to mention, Sony hasn’t been entirely forthcoming about the situation, for regarding the issue, the tech firm has only had this to say thus far:

“We are currently conducting emergency maintenance on the game servers. The maintenance should be complete within a few days. We will update you again once the maintenance ends.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for playing Bloodborne.”


Although there is no clear answer as to why the server maintenance is taking place, many are speculating that it is due to an existing glitch that allowed players free and unfettered access to Bloodborne‘s latest DLC. As it happens, the closest explanation that we’ve received as to what’s really going on comes from a comment in the game’s official subreddit by way of Tim Wernicke, Bloodborne‘s lead hosting engineer, with it reading:

“Thanks to the community here, we’ve received some really important feedback about an exploit and serious issues that exist in the game. The game is currently undergoing emergency maintenance, and we’re working non-stop to get some things patched and back online. So a huge thank-you to everyone here for the feedback, and please be patient while we work to get things restored.

I apologize that I can’t be more specific, but I wanted to let you know that we value your feedback, and what you’re doing here is really helping. So, thanks!”


Should an exploit that lets folks take advantage of every single bit of the $20 worth of new weapons and enemies in the DLC actually exist, then it’s definitely a smart and reasonable move on developers’ part to have shut down the servers for the time being. Furthermore, if that is indeed the case, then From Software’s initial announcement of the online modes being defunct for “a few days” could very well be a conservative estimate, as fans might have to wait even longer for the features to return.

In the meantime, players will have to explore the world of Yharnam without any multiplayer elements, so they may require some assistance in their quests. Thankfully, we have a couple of a solid guides that will aid those in need. For starters, fans can go beast mode with this guide, and take The Old Hunters by storm as a grizzled and feral monster. Alternatively, if fresh gear is what gamers are after, then they should follow along with our helpful guide on how to get the Holy Moonlight Sword.

Since Bloodborne‘s PvP attributes are what help bolster the game’s replay value, developers are undoubtedly putting as much effort as possible into resolving the problem. Bearing that in mind, hopefully servers will be back online sooner rather than later.

Bloodborne and its recently released DLC, The Old Hunters, is available now exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Source: PlayStation Japan (via Kotaku)