The deadliest enemy of the Elden Ring players was a hole in the guide

Gif: From Software / Bandai Namco / Kotaku

Among dozens of monsters and traps designed to kill Elden Ring players, a conspicuous hole in the tutorial area proved to be the most deadly aspect of the game’s preview.

Over the weekend, everyone was lucky enough to receive an invitation to Elden Ring closed network testing got their first taste of From Software’s upcoming Dark souls successor. It was pretty good, though reaching the end aroused a disturbing, primary hunger for more in me that will not be satiated until the game launches next year.

Elden Ring‘s network test opened in a cave with only two options for your prebuilt character: Go to the open world or drop into a separate area to learn more about the game. I chose to check the tutorial to make sure I was familiar with the updated controls, and eventually I found myself spitting out on a ledge just above where I started. That was when I saw the bloodstains.

A fantasy warrior stares at a dark cave edge covered in bloodstains.

Screenshot: From Software / Bandai Namco / Kotaku

As in Dark souls, blood stains in Elden Ring show where the players died. Interacting with a bloodstain activates a ghostly figure of your fellow adventurer’s last few seconds alive, and sometimes it gives hints about future dangers. The post-tutorial ledge was covered in bloodstains, which means something around here killed players galore. I approached the area ready to make a hasty retreat, thinking that there must be an unpleasant surprise from From Software style waiting for me.

No, it turns out that people accidentally fell back into the guidance hole, which from this height was more than enough to kill them.

Gif: From Software / Bandai Namco / Kotaku

And unlike Blood-borne hunters leaves blood stains all over the hub area on purpose, I really think Elden Ring the players did not see the hole. It is not immediately obvious where you end up following the instructions, and the low light of the cave makes it difficult to notice the gaping gap beneath you, even as you stare down into the ground. Hell, the bloodstains are probably half the reason I did not also take the deadly leap.

I fought many fearsome creatures during my short time with Elden Ring, from bats and crabs to dragons and giants. But no one seemed to accumulate the huge body number of this simple hole. Not even the area before the show’s last boss, a big fool named Margit the Fell Omen, had as many bloodstains as that ledge. It’s just another proof that gravity will be one of them Elden Ring‘s most dangerous enemies.


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