Elden Ring simply acquired a bit simpler for single-player purists. Patch 1.06, launched at the moment, provides a brand new strategy to advance the search of White Masks Varré — one thing that beforehand concerned utilizing the multiplayer system to invade different gamers’ worlds. Now, Varré will allow you to defeat a brand new character as a way to be part of his assassins’ order, one thing that grants early entry to a serious space of the sport. This comes alongside a wide range of different modifications, together with the choice to invade or assist gamers throughout a a lot bigger distance.
Varré’s multiplayer demand was a uncommon sore level for folks — together with me — who both weren’t excited by player-versus-player dueling or performed in offline mode. Avoiding his quest didn’t utterly lock you out of any areas, but it surely delayed considered one of them till pretty late within the recreation. That space occurs to comprise among the finest rune-gathering spots in Elden Ring, so it was annoying to say the least. (Talking of that farming space, thus far there’s no indication it’s been patched out of 1.06, regardless of gamers’ persistent considerations.) I received’t spoil the identify of the brand new NPC you’re supposed to focus on, but it surely seems to be already famous on some Varré quest guides.
Apart from this modification, 1.06 consists of a wide range of tweaks geared towards Elden Ring’s multiplayer mode. Amongst different issues, it permits you to ship cooperative summon indicators to “distant areas” or invade them, hopefully making it simpler to discover a multiplayer buddy or foe. As Polygon lays out, it reduces the space of the teleportation-like Bloodhound Step talent and buffs the considerably comparable Quickstep, however makes each much less efficient if you happen to spam them repeatedly. It additionally decreases the harm and buildup of the blood assault for Corpse Piler, the talent hooked up to the Rivers of Blood katana. It’s a patch that ought to assist tide over gamers of all persuasions till the sport’s rumored growth.