Elden Ring's gameplay preview came with quite a bit of information about FromSoftware's upcoming action-RPG, confirming that the game will indeed feature a map that we can open and examine to get a better sense of where we are in its open world and where we need to go.
Elden Ring's map features a beautifully drawn rendition of the terrain and notable features of the Lands Between. According to the developer, "it is populated by acquiring map fragments," suggesting that it won't all be uncovered from the very beginning.
Elden Ring Map
Markers can be placed down on Elden Ring's map to highlight the locations of dangerous enemies or crafting materials. The footage showcased ten different types of markers, a limit of 100 placed down at the same time, as well as a handy button to remove all of them.
You can also place beacons, which appear in the world as blue pillars of light and are used as guidance towards specific locations. In the gameplay preview footage, we also spotted yellow circular icons, whose purpose remains unknown, as well as a button to bring up a list of Sites of Grace.
These act as places of rest in Elden Ring, likely being the equivalent of bonfires in Dark Souls. On occasion, rays of guiding light will spawn from Sites of Grace, pointing you towards an objective. You can, nevertheless, ignore them and explore the game's open world in any direction, on horseback or on foot.
Its sprawling landmass features forests, ruins, swamps, and mountainous regions that connect to dungeons. These take you through catacombs, caves, mines, and imposing castles that house treasure and deadly bosses. That being said, you will also encounter bosses and enemies while out exploring the world.
Elden Ring's map has its own aesthetic and looks to come with more freedom than Dark Souls'. It will certainly be interesting to see how well it all comes together when we finally get to play it. For more on the action-RPG, here's what we know about Xbox Game Pass and crossplay support.
Elden Ring launches on PC and consoles on February 25. You can grab it from Fanatical, for the discounted price of £41.99/€50.39 or your regional equivalent, as well as other major storefronts.
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