The Titanfall community may have finally uncovered the hackers behind both last month’s massive Apex Legends hack and server-breaking bot attacks that have been hitting Titanfall 1 for years.
Earlier this week, SaveTitanfall.com—a site mentioned in the Apex Legends attack that otherwise insists it was not involved in the hack itself—released a hefty, 40 page PDF regarding Operation RedTape. In it, the document (and an associated folder full of further evidence) collates discussions from Discord servers, private messages, emails, Twitter threads, and more implicating several hackers in the July 4 Apex Hack, Titanfall’s ongoing bot shutdown, and recent DDoS attacks against Titanfall two streamers.
This evidence is put into context by YouTuber Upper Echelon Gamers, who had previously covered the Titanfall two attacks. The video alleges that p0358, a Titanfall fan who grew famous for a Medium article that supposedly tells Respawn “how to fix Titanfall,” in fact collaborated with owners, admins, and associated hackers on the Remnant Fleet discord server (a server closely associated with SaveTitanfall.com) to plan the Apex Legends attack.
Screenshots show members of the discord boasting about how they’d managed to alter the Apex client and instigated attacks against certain TF2 streamers, planning the operation to crash Apex at the same time public Discord channels disavowed any association with the attack.
“Originally, savetitanfall.com was a partnership between different Titanfall communities united to bring attention to the state of the game(s) and give accurate information about the problems,” the report writes. “Unfortunately, [Remnant Fleet] decided to put their personal goal—promoting their server and personal Titanfall community project—above the good of the game and instead took advantage of the hard work of others when it was convenient for them.”
Why go to all the trouble of shutting down Respawn’s shooters, however? The report alleges that these hacks are all a part of some elaborate scheme to resurrect Titanfall Online, a canceled F2P spin-off by Nexon aimed at porting Titanfall for Asian markets. p0358 and co are supposedly working on a community revival of TFO but have hit snags in dealing with accessing the game’s source code.
Additionally, p0358 has also been very public in his desire to be hired by Respawn. Upper Echelon speculates that getting hired would get him access to Titanfall’s source code, which would help efforts get a TFO revival off the ground. All the while, p0358 has been repeatedly screenshotted as appearing thrilled at Titanfall’s demise, as he hopes it’ll bring attention to the TFO project.
“This makes no sense,” said YouTuber MoDen31 in a condensed YouTube summary of the report. “They hacked Titanfall, to fix Titanfall, to get hired by Respawn, to revive a free-to-play Titanfall port made for the Asian market by Nexon.”