Everything we've heard about Elden Ring so far sounds like a huge evolution for FromSoftware. A fully open world, horse traversal and the revelation that it will be slightly easier than other Souls games. Now, a recently updated blurb of the game on its official site has shared a few more interesting details.
Perhaps the most intriguing is the use of weather in the game. According to the site, you can "use the environment, the weather, and the time of day to gain an advantage". From pure speculation, we're imagining this may be possible by, for example, using electricity during a rainstorm (or similar effects). There's also a mention of stealth, something the team has played around with for a while in games such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Try dozens of skills and find one to best suit your style. Practice stealth to avoid danger or catch enemies unaware. Use the environment, the weather, and the time of day to gain an advantage. Learn the art of combat , where you must read your enemy’s intentions and a well-timed dodge or parry could be the difference between life and death.
The use of the terms "dodge" and "parrying" also suggests the combat may be a lot faster than the Dark Souls series and more akin to Sekiro. Additionally, there's a mention of horse riding combat and the ability to summon familiars - a system commonly used in previous titles. If that's not enough, then the inclusion of "arcane spells" sounds like it will truly mix up the combat.
Ride your steed into battle against mounted mercenaries and cut them from their horses. Master arcane spells from the masters that still linger among the ruins of the war. Summon familiar spirits to even the odds against you or call on your fellow Tarnished to fight at your side and share the burden as you explore.
We got our first look at Elden Ring last month with a confirmed release date of January 21, 2022. It seemed pretty incredible with a variety of environments to explore, but more importantly, we also got a good look at the intimidating beasties we'll be coming face-to-face with. Fans have been eagerly anticipating this title for a long time, and there's not much longer to wait. Unless it gets delayed, of course...
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