An Elden Ring data miner has discovered a number of messages in the game files that appear to reference a faction system that is currently unavailable.
Messages like “advanced rank bloody finger” and “advanced rank recusant” appear in unused text popups, as data miner StrayKurtis shows in a cheep (via PC Gamer). These messages also reference the ranks of “hunter”, “duelist”, and “finger curl”. These are all references to the multiplayer features in Elden Ring, and hint that some sort of faction system may have been planned for the game at some point.
The pact system in the original Dark Souls also offered a number of factions with ranks you could progress through, most of them focused on co-op or PvP. Advancing up the ranks could earn you unique items, spells, or other passive bonuses.
It’s unclear if these Elden Ring messages refer to a system that was removed from the game prior to release, or if the developers plan to fill it out with future DLC or patches. The game’s currently impregnable coliseums have modeled interiors that appear to be the perfect location for PvP battles, and dataminers have long speculated that these areas are earmarked for DLC.
While the gameplay secrets of Elden Ring have already been largely uncovered, the community continues to make the game feel fresh. One player spent hours hiding like a bush to spite an AFK rune farmer. Another revamped the map to show how small it is when you stick to the main path. And the legendary Let Me Solo Her has killed Malenia 1000 times just to reset the game.
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