Respawn reassures Titanfall 2 players after security vulnerability causes concern

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Reports have been coming out today saying that Respawn's Titanfall 2 has a critical flaw that allows hackers to access players' hardware. These were later confirmed — though downplayed — by the EA studio.

Initial reports suggest that Titanfall 2 has been compromised due to a critical flaw in the security of Titanfall 2. According to a post by Blueghost, as tweeted by the Titanfall Forever account — therefore, this is not gospel! — "someone discovered a temporary file that Titanfall/Origin houses for game invite has a size cap. If the username of the person who invited you is larger than that size cap, it'll start overwriting other savefiles to save that name. [...] Your computer starts treating it as executable code instead of a user name [...] it can edit the other files on your computer."

The result seems to be that this has the potential to allow hackers access to your computer and/or console, though we at TA can't fathom exactly how this would function on the walled garden of Xbox hardware, despite the tweet above to the contrary. The advice from prominent figures in the Titanfall 2 community is to uninstall the game until Respawn fixes the issue, but it seems to have been taken in some quarters as scaremongering. For its part, the studio has affirmed the issue, though has downplayed the consequences in the following statement:

The studio says that "we’re dealing with a simple exploit that can be used to crash games. We do not believe there are any more serious risks to affected players or their machines." This would suggest the issue is real, but that it shouldn't have the devastating result of hacker access to your PC and/or console. A few alleged experts have sided with Respawn, suggesting that there would be no access to your computer. However, we must again stress that this video is not an official confirmation or debunking. The Respawn tweet is the only communication from the studio thus far.

We will keep you updated with any further statements. Is the issue as potentially devastating as suggested? Or is it a bit less serious than first suggested? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Working across TrueTrophies and TrueAchievements, Kes writes news, reviews, and a variety of bespoke features. Kes left university after four years with a first-class MA in English Literature — a subject that required research, creativity, and lots of writing. He also has dabbled in teaching, farming, and building websites. Some days, he plays Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to pretend he is a pirate.