Considered one of Elden Ring’s most recognizable areas regarded very totally different when it first appeared earlier this 12 months, as Bandai Namco quietly altered the sport after launch.
Leyndell, a grand fortress-city and considered one of Elden Ring’s late-game areas, included totally different enemies and objects within the recreation’s 1.0 model. Enjoying an unpatched PS5 disc copy of the sport, YouTuber Sekiro Dubi (opens in new tab) was capable of play this early iteration and spot a few of the main modifications which were made by post-release updates (thanks, VG247 (opens in new tab)).
Most clearly, the realm’s enemies are completely totally different. Fairly than assembly Leyndell Knights all through town, you’ll discover it populated by enemy Banished Knights. Deeper within the metropolis, the same old troopers you’d count on to see are additionally lacking, and changed with a few back-to-back Erdtree Avatars.
The swap suggests this authentic model of Leyndell was set earlier in Elden Ring’s timeline, earlier than the Leyndell garrison had reclaimed town from invading forces. Some knights additionally look to be paying their respects to Gransax – the large petrified dragon in the midst of town.
The time shift additionally means the Oracle Envoys – the rotund, trumpet-tooting enemies you encounter within the metropolis – are nowhere to be discovered. As Sekiro Dubi factors out, their in-game description says they’ll seem and play their pipes “to herald the arrival of a brand new god, or age”. It appears this model of Leyndell is ready at a time limit when that hasn’t but taken place.
Much less considerably, the Decrease Capital Church was additionally initially known as Decrease Capital Chapel, and didn’t embrace the mattress the place you’re now capable of finding the four-piece Lionel armor set. Though Leyndell’s demigod boss Morgott, the Omen King known as Morgott, Prince of the Omen on this early model. Which may recommend a change of lore or merely a change of translation.
Elden Ring has acquired a number of discreet modifications because it launched earlier this 12 months. Particularly its map, which has been topic to quite a few secret alterations. Submit-release patches have added map particulars, eliminated objects, and tweaked its visuals to raised signify Elden Ring’s world.