KEY POINTS

  • A cyberattack rendered many "Apex Legends" players unable to join matchmaking queues
  • The hack was apparently done to raise awareness for "Titanfall's" cheater problem
  • "Apex Legends" servers were promptly restored to full functionality after the incident

Servers for “Apex Legends” on consoles and PC were recently hit by hackers, preventing many players from joining in on the regular game queues. However, instead of having a purely malicious intent to disrupt the game, the hackers attacked the servers in an attempt to raise awareness regarding “Titanfall’s” rampant cheater problem.

The hack replaced the standard queue button on the main menu of “Apex Legends” with a custom image, a short message saying “TF1 is being attacked so is Apex” and a written link to SaveTitanfall.com.

Players who were affected by the hack flooded social media, where they aired their frustrations over those responsible while also supporting the hackers’ call to save “Titanfall.”

Moderators of SaveTitanfall updated their website with a short message that said neither they nor the members of their communities are affiliated with the “Apex Legends” hack.

Monarch, a Vanguard-class Titan featured in Titanfall 2 Monarch, a Vanguard-class Titan featured in Titanfall 2 Photo: Respawn Entertainment

Respawn has fixed the “Apex Legends” server queue problem shortly after the issue spread, restoring access to all players on all platforms, according to PC Gamer. The developers also addressed the hack, saying that while it was indeed disruptive, it did not put any player’s personal information or account at risk.

The attack served as a call out to both “Apex” players and Respawn Entertainment regarding the rampancy of other hackers in “Titanfall,” which has rendered the game completely unplayable. Respawn has been trying to quell the cheater problem in “Titanfall’s” servers, but the issue is yet to be resolved.

Despite its age, “Titanfall” still has players and is still being sold on both Steam and Origin. However, the game has been rendered unplayable for years after hackers took over the servers. “Titanfall’s” small but dedicated community has been trying to reach out to Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts, petitioning for a solution to the crisis.

“Titanfall’s” launch on Steam was met with overwhelmingly negative reviews because of the state of the servers, with players saying that the game was utterly broken.

Unfortunately for fans, “Titanfall” is still unplayable despite the community’s protests. Whether or not this recent attack on the “Apex Legends” server will spur the developers into quicker action is hard to tell.