Playlists and in-game messages have been hacked, preventing players from enjoying the game.
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Earlier today, Apex Legends was hit by some hackers that feel as though Respawn and EA have not done enough to fight hackers and DDOS attacks in the original Titanfall.

See, the original Titanfall release has been suffering from DDOS attacks and hackers off and on for about the past 2-3 years now. Apparently the DDOS attacks against Titanfall ramped up about a year ago, essentially making the game completely unplayable. I'd like to say that this is an exaggeration, but it's sadly not. It has turned the multiplayer only game into a game that allows users to watch an opening cutscene and then do nothing more. It's a game being held hostage by hackers with no real end in sight.

Respawn has, in the past, stated that they are working on the issues related to the first Titanfall, but it's obviously not an easy fix. Back in May of 2021, the director of communications for Respawn, Ryan K. Rigney, talked a bit about how difficult it is to stop the DDOS attacks.

Fast forward to today and we have this new situation in Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game from Respawn. Apex Legends players across all platforms have seen that their in-game playlists and notifications have been hacked and replaced by messages complaining about the Titanfall hacking situation. The hacked messages direct users to a website, The website claims that Respawn and EA have not done enough to keep Titanfall free of hackers. The website goes on to accuse EA of "fraud" for continuing to sell Titanfall while it's in this unplayable state.

Players across all platforms who are experiencing this hack will see only the hacked playlist. Some players are able to get around this by exiting out to the game's main menu and reconnecting to the game. It is at this point where the normal playlists will show up again, allowing users to play the game again. However, there are reports that even after successfully playing a match, players are often given a post-game "Important Message" pop up that also directs them to the website.

Respawn has officially stated that they are "aware of and actively investigating issues" impacting Apex Legends. Tyler Owens, a build engineer on Apex Legends for Respawn, made his frustrations about the current situation known via Twitter.

At this point, Respawn and EA should just mercy kill the first Titanfall game and pull all of its online servers. At present, the first Titanfall is sitting at a "Mostly Negative" user review score on Steam with the most recent reviews being "Overwhelmingly Negative." Despite how great this game was back in its heyday, nobody, and I repeat: Nobody, should be buying this game anymore in its present state.

Update July 4, 2021 at 11:59PM (ET): Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that they have fixed the issue with Apex Legends. Titanfall should still probably be avoided.