Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki may consider “end-to-end, total co-op” in future FromSoftware Games games

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FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki said the studio may consider incorporating “end-to-end, complete collaboration” into future games.

Elden Ring’s co-op summoning system could be a lifesaver for those who need assist defeating a troublesome boss. However, its design leaves some pretty significant barriers for players looking to enjoy a sustained co-op experience. For example, players return to their own rune arc when they defeat an area boss or whenever they are unceremoniously biting the dust. Summoning also prevents you from riding your trusty Torrent mount, which can make Elden Ring’s comprehensive open world feel a bit too occasionally comprehensive.

To work around these restrictions, the Elden Ring modding community created a file silky co-op mod for the PC version of the game, which theoretically allows a group of up to five players to complete the entire game from tutorial to conclusion in one uninterrupted session. This is quite a significant change to FromSoftware’s standard Elden Ring co-op mode, removing the walls of fog that usually restrict your party’s movement while ensuring that the death of a boss or player doesn’t throw your compatriots back to their respective worlds.

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In a recent interview with Computer player Ahead of the month-long release of Elden Ring’s first and only DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, Miyazaki revealed that he had no reservations about the unapproved multiplayer change or its growing popularity.

“It’s definitely not something we actively oppose or want to downplay in order to get through the entire game together,” Miyazaki explained. “In terms of where we were with Elden Ring, it was simply a matter of wanting to have a more loose, casual style – come, beat the boss, leave. This does not place any technical restrictions on the player, it simply sorts of allows them to complete their focus and then move on, so to speak.

During the interview, Miyazaki revealed that FromSoftware may consider a more comprehensive approach to cooperative play in future titles, which will prove to be a popular decision among over 3.7 million PC players who have already downloaded the unofficial mod. “That doesn’t mean we won’t consider other ways, perhaps you and your friend, from start to finish, in total collaboration – it doesn’t mean we won’t consider such ideas in our future games,” said From Software’s CEO.

Shadow of the Erdtree will expand Miquella’s story and introduce a host of recent enemies, bosses, weapons and fighting styles to FromSoftware’s hit RPG game, which releases on June 21. Be sure to check out IGN’s extensive guide detailing how to get your tarnished warrior ready for whatever the DLC has to throw at you, and beware of spoilers that have appeared online.

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