Durante is known within the PC modding community as the go-to guy to get a quick fix for PC ports that publishers and developers don't quite hammer out properly before release. Recently, Durante's fix for the PC version of Dark Souls was blocked by Bandai Namco Games, but is now in the process of being restored.
Modder Durante made a post on the NeoGaf forum, explaining that his latest DSFix for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on PC was hit with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice and the file was removed from DropBox. The post on the thread reads as follows...
“Hi Dropbox User,
Quite naturally, this put the gaming community and Durante into high-alert angst mode, with plenty of gamers calling for heads to roll at Bandai Namco over the decision.
You see, if you travel back in time you would know that Dark Souls was very much barely playable by the PC community without Durante's modded fix. PC gamers have been suffering from these problems for ages with poorly made ports and non-functioning releases, similar to Ubisoft's handling of Resident Evil 4 for the PC so many years ago. That mess didn't even have controller or proper mouse support, making the basic control mechanics for game almost completely unusable without some user mods.
Durante expressed his frustrations by stating...
“This is utter bullshit of course, especially since DSfix does not include any of their material.
Like all things that suffer the ripple effects of internet outrage, the situation spread deep and wide throughout the gaming community.
Following the massive outcry, there was another post on the NeoGaf thread that was spotted by users on Reddit. Supposedly, Bandai Namco has been contacted and the issue stems from a mix up by Bandai Namco Japan who was trying to stem any kind of public availability of debug code from Dark Souls. NeoGaf user Chariot stated...
“Good news: everything's ok guys! I just called Volker Rieck from FDS File Defense Service. They were indeed hired by Bandai Namco, but not the germany division, but the US Europe one, to take down all the debug mode patches.
Durante, later on in the NeoGaf thread, does offer an alternative download link for the Dark Souls fix. It's sad that such a popular modder with such a popular patch was even sucked into the DMCA takedown wars, but that's just the nature of today's copyright environment.