Elden Ring simply received a bit simpler for single-player purists. Patch 1.06, launched right now, provides a brand new solution to advance the search of White Mask Varré — one thing that beforehand concerned utilizing the multiplayer system to invade other gamers’ worlds. Now, Varré will let you defeat a brand new character with a purpose to be part of his assassins’ order, one thing that grants early entry to a serious space of the sport. This comes alongside quite a lot of other adjustments, 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 interested by player-versus-player dueling or performed in offline mode. Avoiding his quest didn’t fully lock you out of any areas, however it delayed one in all them till pretty late within the recreation. 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 considerations.) I gained’t spoil the identify 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 variation, 1.06 consists of quite a lot of tweaks geared towards Elden Ring’s multiplayer mode. Among other issues, it lets you 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 spam them constantly. It additionally decreases the damage and buildup of the blood assault for Corpse Piler, the talent connected 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.