Extensive reports from gamers via social media describe a hacking attack on Apex Legends servers that leaves the game unmatched, rather than replacing the server playlists with a message about Titanfall, Respawn’s previous game series. "SAVETITANFALL.COM, TF1 is being attacked, as is Apex," the message says. Players also receive a "Important Message" pop-up window after matches that read "Visit and post savetitanfall.com".
The website "savetitanfall.com" has a message stating that the site and the Discord servers shown on it are not "in any way associated with the recent hacking of Apex Legends".
Players who see the hacking cannot queue for any game mode, but the hacker to display the message. PC Gamer was able to find examples of hacking in both the PC and PS4 lobbies.
Breakup: A hacker appears to be seizing Apex playlists with a message about "Saving Titanfall". pic.twitter.com/XpMzfRNQZBJuly 4, 2021
Players affected by the hack cannot queue for any other game mode. The website accuses EA of "fraud" for selling Titanfall while you can't play "(Clip via @YungLucianOG) pic.twitter.com/4MqZi2UBh9July 4, 2021
The website savetitanfall.com, which has been running for a few months, is designed to draw attention to Titanfall, a game that generally can’t be played for years due to a plague of hackers taking servers and rubbish to those lobbies that start with bots. Because Titanfall is a multiplayer-only game, this leaves the game (which is still very much on sale) unplayable. A few weeks of downtime have popped up from time to time in recent months, especially after Respawn's promise to "come help."
Despite this promise, the servers have still come in and out regularly. According to members of the Titanfall Remnant Fleet community, game servers have regularly dropped out since 2018, leaving the game unplayable for weeks. The interruptions began long before Titanfall hit Steam late last year, although Steam forums did flooded with posts saying the game cannot be played.
This is not the first piracy issue to hit Apex Legends. Earlier this year, Respawn pledged to take action to address those issues of piracy and DDoS attacks as well.
In May, Respawn Entertainment communications director Ryan K. Rigney he tweeted about the frustrations of dealing with these hackers. Rigney said it takes "weeks of work" to deal with each new farm.
I wish all hackers / cheaters / malicious actors who ruin the games find more satisfying hobbies. Why use your talent to break up communities? The situation affecting Titanfall games right now is so frustrating. It takes weeks of work to tackle every stupid new one.May 25, 2021
PC Gamer has contacted EA and Respawn about the situation with Apex Legends and will update if we receive a response.