Elden Ring simply obtained a bit simpler for single-player purists. Patch 1.06, launched right now, provides a brand new approach to advance the search of White Mask 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 to be able to be a part of his assassins’ order, one thing that grants early entry to a significant space of the sport. This comes alongside quite a lot 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 individuals — together with me — who both weren’t involved in player-versus-player dueling or performed in offline mode. Avoiding his quest didn’t utterly lock you out of any areas, however it delayed one among them till pretty late within the sport. That space occurs to include one of many best rune-gathering spots in Elden Ring, so it was annoying to say the least. (Speaking of that farming space, thus far there’s no indication it’s been patched out of 1.06, regardless of gamers’ persistent issues.) I gained’t spoil the title of the brand new NPC you’re supposed to focus on, however it seems to be already famous on some Varré quest guides.
Besides this transformation, 1.06 consists of quite a lot of tweaks geared towards Elden Ring’s multiplayer mode. Among different issues, it helps you to ship cooperative summon indicators to “distant areas” or invade them, hopefully making it simpler to discover a multiplayer good friend or foe. As Polygon lays out, it reduces the space of the teleportation-like Bloodhound Step ability and buffs the considerably comparable Quickstep, however makes each much less efficient in case you spam them repeatedly. It additionally decreases the damage and buildup of the blood assault for Corpse Piler, the ability 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 expansion.