Albion Online is no stranger to DDOS attacks, MMO players will recall. When it formally launched in 2017, it fended off weeks of DDOS disruptions followed up by an apparent blackmail attempt by the perpetrators. This week, the game is once again under a concerted and ongoing distributed denial of service attack.
“We recently upgraded Albion’s servers and solved an issue with performance of large-scale fights,” Sandbox Interactive wrote yesterday. “Unfortunately the problems we are dealing with now are a different beast. They are caused by so called DDoS attacks, which started several days ago and which we’ve been defending against. After some initial problems, we brought up our defenses and successfully defended even against relatively severe attacks. The issues you’re experiencing now are the result of an ongoing struggle between our partner’s DDoS defense infrastructure and our attackers. For the most part we appear to be winning (the game is up after all), but occasionally something slips through and causes these disruptions.”
While the studio doesn’t want to give more details than necessary to avoid tipping off the attackers, it does promise that it’s doing what it can alongside its hosts to fend off the attacks. The studio has not yet posted about potential compensation for players, though players are offering plenty of speculation that the attackers are banned goldsellers.