One of the long running debates with the Souls series has been centred around difficulty. Many have hoped that over time the barrier of entry would be lowered for more people to enjoy the dark, brooding worlds that FromSoftware creates. With Elden Ring being their most ambitious game to date, it seems some of those requests may have been heard.
In a recently translated interview with Famitsu, the game's director Hidetaka Miyazaki was probed about the concept of difficulty in the game. While it will have no difficulty options per-se, it will be a bit more manageable - largely due to the game's open nature, allowing players to tackle each area as they please.
Miyazaki compared it most to Dark Souls III, and added that elements such as multiplayer will help ease the barrier of entry for many players - easier than previous titles such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Bloodborne. He said that he "think[s] the difficulty level as a pure action game is less than the titles mentioned", and "the image of the difficulty level is closer to Dark Souls III".
He also added that there's "a low hurdle [for] multiplayer", which will help players in the game. At this point, the multiplayer details on Elden Ring have been fairly tight-lipped, but it sounds as though it will be much easier to bring in other players compared to other FromSoftware games.
Miyazaki also elaborated a little bit on bosses, and while they will be "firm and hard response", they've been designed to "not become a decisive obstacle to the progress of the game". Given the open-ended nature of how Elden Ring can be tackled, it looks as though the element of choice will ease things on the player. If one area is too hard, you'll be able to attempt another.
While this doesn't entirely solve the debate of easier difficulty in FromSoftware games, it is perhaps a stepping stone to allow more players a means of entry. With this being their biggest game to date, and created in collaboration with renowned Game of Thrones author G.R.R. Martin, the amount of players wanting to check the game out will be no doubt higher than previous entries. Whether they'll be able to overcome its deadly challenges, however, remains to be seen.
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