The Dark Souls 3 PC patch that was intended to prevent players from exploiting anti-cheat measures has been removed, but will return soon.
From Software rolled out a patch to the PC version of Dark Souls 3 on Friday that was intended to address an exploit being used by some players in multiplayer. In short, exploiting players would join a user's game, leave a hacked item, and when the targeted player picked it up and saved, their account would be flagged as hacked. There was even a player livestreaming himself getting people banned.
Friday's patch may have fixed these issues, but it also created a new one: game freezes. As you can see in this thread on the Steam forums, a number of users reported the issue over the weekend, and this morning, From Software responded by pulling the patch. In a statement added to the official post, a representative said,
"The patch has been removed temporarily to fix the freeze issues. We hope to reinstate the patch ASAP. If you fall victim to one of the bugs previously fixed, don't worry, you won't be penalized. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more info. Thank you for your understanding."
While it's not good that the patch went awry, it's nice to see From Software acknowledge that they're not going to resort to banning people who are victimized while the patch is being updated. Between these exploits and the crash issues it faced around its release, the PC version of Dark Souls 3 is having a rough go of it.