Popular, seamless co-op mod for Elden Ring is playable again after creator rewrote it to work with Shadow of the Erdtree


Elden Ring’s hugely popular Seamless Co-op module has returned to a state where it can be used in both the base game and the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC pack, after being significantly rewritten to take into account changes made to the hit 2022 RPG year through up-to-date content.

“While not perfect, it has reached a point where it can be used to play Elden Ring and DLC in cooperative mode,” said Dalvik, moderator of the unofficial add-on’s dedicated Discord server, speaking on behalf of mod creator Luke Yui earlier this week , which he noticed Computer player.

As the name suggests, Seamless cooperative mod dramatically overhauls the objective-based co-op experience of Elden Ring, allowing players to experience the base game—and now the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC—from start to finish in one uninterrupted session with up to five other players. When using the mod on PC, players are no longer thrown back into their own game world upon death or defeating an area boss, and the restrictions on party movement imposed during vanilla co-op sessions are completely removed, allowing for basic exploration of the open world.

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The addition of open-ended co-op makes Elden Ring’s usually uncompromising difficulty feel a lot more approachable, so the news of the mod being rebooted will come as welcome news to those struggling to cope with the challenge posed by Shadow of the Erdtree.

Ahead of the release of Shadow of the Erdtree, FromSoftware president Hidetake Miyazaki revealed that he had nothing against players using the seamless co-op mod to make the studio’s games more accessible. Taking it a step further, he said the developer might even consider making “end-to-end, total co-op” official in future FromSoftware titles.

At the time of writing, the Seamless Co-op mod has a staggering 1.8 million unique downloads and counting, making it by far the most popular unofficial Elden Ring add-on. The mod now allows other players to join the host player’s game as an “evil spirit” using a special item, instead of the base game’s invasion system. Players will not be able to rest at or speedy travel to grace spots until they kill the spirit. However, the mod’s creator has warned that his work is in extended beta and will require testing after Shadow of the Erdtree’s release, and that players will “very likely” encounter bugs while using the mod.

Those looking to explore the up-to-date Elden Ring content should check out IGN’s extensive guides and interactive maps to make sure their vanquished are equipped with the weapons and knowledge needed to take down Shadow of the Erdtree’s fearsome cast of bosses.

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