Elden Ring will be the first souls-like title by From Software to feature a classic map interface. However, the map won't be fully unlocked on launch as players will have to update it by finding map fragments all over the world.
Today we got a bunch of new details about Elden Ring including the info regarding the game's open world and map. Unlike the previous action RPGs created by From Software, Elden Ring will have a proper map feature that players can use to easily navigate the game's gigantic open-world but also dungeons and cities.
In the Elden Ring hands-off preview from Eurogamer , it's claimed that the map is "beautifully illustrated and coloured in a sort of classic RPG map design". The map shows the terrain and places of interest from a top-down perspective and there's also an option to "show subterranean labyrinth" which could suggest the map has multiple layers.
The map won't be given to you from the get-go, though. You need to update it by collecting map fragments that can be found scattered throughout the world. "You don't just get full visibility of the Lands Between right off the bat," the report claims.
From Software said that the aspect of the world complexity and mystique will be retained since even when you get every bit of map info, you'll still be eager to go and explore some areas. "Once you go there, you'll find it has its own multi-tiered-ness, its own three-dimensionality, that will hopefully be interesting to explore," From Software said.
Sounds good to us! One of our biggest concerns was indeed the map and how will that affect the exploration. The feeling of unlocking shortcuts in From Software games is something that every player absolutely adores, that's for certain.
Elden Ring is coming on January 21, 2021, to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.