Marvel’s Avengers was updated on Tuesday, with new content added to Crystal Dynamics’ ensemble beat-’em-up. The patch also has one serious and potentially dangerous issue: Some players’ IP addresses are being shown on the screen.
The update went live Tuesday morning, and players have reported this problem to the studio since then. Forbes reporter Paul Tassi confirmed that bug revealed his information in white text at the bottom of a screenshot he posted to Twitter.
this is legitimately "shut the game off" bad pic.twitter.com/o22YOeLwuL— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) June 22, 2021
The game’s official social media account coyly confirmed there was a problem in the game with “a floating string of text.” Developers have advised players to stop streaming the game.
Please refrain from streaming for now if you're experiencing this issue. We will update when this issue has been resolved.— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) June 22, 2021
“We’re aware of the issue where a floating string of text appears on the screen and are investigating,” the developer tweeted from the game’s official account. “Thank you for the reports!”
An IP (internet protocol) address is a unique set of numbers used to identify individual computers and devices on the internet. It’s like your online address, and it’s also tied to the physical location of the device you’re using. With an IP address, hackers can initiate DDoS attacks, or block certain websites or services. Needless to say, no one wants that sort of thing inadvertently made public.
Polygon has reached out to a Square Enix representative for additional information.
Update: Developer Crystal Dynamics will issue a hotfix for the IP address bug, it said on Twitter. The patch will be deployed Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT. “PlayStation 5 players should refrain from streaming or posting screenshots online until then as sensitive information may be displayed,” it tweeted.
We are currently testing a solution to the issue of personal information, including the player's IP address and username, being displayed on screen on PS5 and plan to deploy a hotfix tomorrow at around 8AM PT.— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) June 22, 2021
Update (June 23): Crystal Dynamics published a patch on Wednesday that resolved the IP address bug.
Patch 1.8b has been published and fixes the issue that was occurring on PS5 where sensitive information was displayed on screen. PS5 players are safe to stream now.— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) June 23, 2021