'Apex Legends' Hacker Changed In-Game Messaging Urging Players To Save Titanfall
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Hackers are often a nuisance to game developers. Some want to cheat to be 'good' at the game, others want to break the servers and ruin the experience for everyone else. But at least one hacker just wanted to compel game studio Respawn Entertainment to - *checks notes* - stop hackers in another one of their games, Titanfall.
Apex Legends News on Twitter notified a large portion of the player base that Respawn was suffering a hacker attack where the individual or group was using the game to promote a website set up to save Titanfall. The screenshots from the tweet show that aspects of the home screen on Apex were changed to contain the "SaveTitanfall.com" url. The hackers even changed messages on the home screen to say, "TF1 is being attacked so is Apex."
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This refers to the frustration of the hackers about another one of Respawn's beloved games, the original Titanfall. According to the site, the 2014 game has had a huge issue with hackers for the past few years, and it doesn't look like the game is being maintained to prevent this. The way they thought they could catch the development team's attention was to hack Respawn's most popular game, Apex Legends, and notify players of the issues Titanfall has been experiencing.
Players are being given this "Important Message" after finishing a match. pic.twitter.com/SGKvduO95p
- Apex Legends News (@alphaINTEL) July 4, 2021
The SaveTitanfall.com website says: "Titanfall is a beloved franchise by many, and hacker issues have been at rise. The Titanfall community has been begging Respawn to fix this issue for over three years, but to no avail. Today this [original, 2014] game is still being sold, while being completely unplayable. It's time we speak up." The project is apparently called Operation Red Tape, and the site hopes that readers will spread the word about the movement to save Titanfall.
We've confirmed that matchmaking has been restored. We're keeping an eye on things but believe the issue to be resolved.
Thanks for your patience, Legends.
- Respawn (@Respawn) July 5, 2021
Players were also seeing a message in Apex after finishing a match, asking them to visit the Save Titanfall website, and the hack broke the ability to queue for game modes. Respawn eventually got Apex back to working as intended, and is "keeping an eye on things" so this doesn't happen again; but the company has surely taken note of how angry Titanfall players have become with the current state of the 2014 FPS.