Elden Ring, like each Souls recreation earlier than it, will sadly embody a poison swamp: a presumably nasty space the place you are assaulted by enemies and projectiles that inflict you with the relentless ticking harm of a poison debuff. It seems creator Hidetaka Miyazaki can not help however make one each time.
“Whereas making this recreation I rediscovered my love for making poison swamps,” he advised Game Informer. “I understand how individuals really feel about them however I abruptly understand I am in the course of making one and I am unable to assist myself. It simply occurs.”
This time, the swamp, or swamps, won’t solely embody poison and poisonous results (Darkish Souls followers will know this as a extra brutal model of poison), however a brand new affliction referred to as Scarlet Rot. Scarlet Rot sounds just like the worst of the three, and Miyazaki stated he hopes “you stay up for it.” Contemplating that that is the person that helps make video games during which freaky lizards can petrify and immediately kill you, this does not bode properly.
The Souls sequence, all the way in which from 2009’s Demon’s Souls, has all the time included swamp areas to trudge by way of, and so they’re all the time the worst. Essentially the most infamous of them is Blighttown from Darkish Souls, however even Sekiro had its personal acidic zone with Ashina Depths. They’re notorious as a result of their problem does not come from preventing a monster: it is nearly struggling by way of the world, like being compelled to stroll by way of thorny berry bushes on a hike.
Not too long ago Miyazaki said he does not “need new gamers to fret or stress about that problem an excessive amount of,” and that they’ve the choice of exploring different areas within the recreation’s large open world ought to they discover one thing too powerful to sort out. If the poison swamp is especially tough, not less than I do know I can discover one thing else to do.
Even nonetheless, FromSoftware may have made any new sort of space in Elden Ring and it selected to make a swamp zone. I am unable to say I did not count on it, nevertheless it’s impolite regardless. I count on solidarity with each poison swamp survivor when Elden Ring launches on February 25.