While Elden Rings fans are ecstatic to finally see FromSofware's next big thing, others, who are not that keen on Souls games are wondering what's the fuss about.
As you may know, a full Elden Ring trailer has leaked yesterday, revealing gameplay bits, bosses, enemies and gorgeous locations we will get to visit when the game finally drops. And while the majority of Elden Ring fans were ecstatic to finally see the game in action, those who are not fond of FromSoftware games or who are planning to give it a go with Elden Ring are not quite impressed with what they've seen.
Most of the negative comments are pointed at the game's visual presentation. "It looks like a PS2 game", "why does the animation look shit", "Demon's Souls remake looks like real life when compared to this" are some of the comments that you can spot on social media and gaming forums.
Of course, it's not really hard to stay unimpressed with the game when the leaked footage has been recorded off-screen, with a webcam bought off Wish but despite the low-quality video, those who have been anticipating to hear and see more of Elden Ring are once again starting the hype train just in time for the official reveal, which should be coming soon.
And they are right to be excited and happy, despite the negative comments from players outside of Elden Ring community. Everyone who enjoys FromSoftware's titles probably never cared about visuals anyway and it's a bit early to judge the game looks and animations, too.
Keep in mind that this is a trailer that FromSoftware used internally and it's a work in progress. The end product will certainly look better and a bit different. On top of this, the developer's animations work has proved to be top-notch in previous games including Dark Souls 3, Bloodborne and Sekiro so unless we notice something doesn't quite look right once the real trailer drops, there's no reason for concern.
FromSoftware's games have always emphasised art style over sharp textures, super-fancy reflections, vegetation or volumetric clouds. For example, let's take a look at this screenshot of Dark Souls 3 below:
The scene as a whole looks absolutely stunning - the grim theme is perfectly illustrated by the Undead Settlement's architecture, the dark clouds and mountains in the distance give it another dose of life. On the other hand, the textures, tesselation and foliage in the same screenshot look below par.
It's safe to say that FromSoftware's creations are nowhere near some other games that reached impressive technological achievements like The Last of Us Part II or Death Stranding to name a few, but they have their own strengths, the super-tight and fluid gameplay being one of the biggest pros.
Elden Ring is currently in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and it should be revealed very soon.