Elden Ring’s map has been secretly changing without anyone noticing

Elden Ring’s map has been secretly changing without anyone noticing

Elden Ring’s in-game map has been gradually evolving since the action RPG launched earlier this year, as Bandai Namco inconspicuously edited the game without players noticing.

The changes to Elden Ring’s map have been documented by YouTuber and FromSoftware aficionado Illusory Wall (thanks, VG247). In a recent video, they explain that the game’s post-release patches have made several secret cartographic changes, tweaking the game’s map to better represent its world.

Alterations have been made to each of Elden Ring’s regions, with the smallest of them removing roads, ruins, or other features from the map that don’t actually exist in the game. In other cases, small unidentifiable blocks, which might have represented rocks or ruins that never made it into the final game, have disappeared.

There are bigger changes, too. The game’s original map showed a couple of roads and bridges that would have better-connected areas of the early game, and other regions have been updated for accuracy. The area around Stormveil Castle, for example, didn’t originally show a moat or the damaged section of its entrance. 

Several visual details have also been added since the game’s release, better highlighting the walls of castles, as well as more clearly defining cliffs and roads. The icons of each area have also been radically changed. More color has been injected into the Limgrave and Caelid icons, for instance, which were previously bare beige. 

See all of the changes in Illusory Wall’s video below.

A well-kept secret

Publisher Bandai Namco has released a score of patches for Elden Ring since the game released back in February. The updates have rebalanced bosses, fixed stability bugs, and buffed spellcasters, but none of the official patch notes have ever outlined changes to the game’s map. Many players will have been oblivious to the changes taking place beneath their character’s feet.

Not all, however. Illusory Wall wasn’t the first to notice the edits, and Reddit threads from as far back as March noted the changes. However, their video does go a long way to properly document the tweaks, and show the original and new map side by side.

It’s unlikely the changes will have impacted your game much, even if you didn’t notice them. Most of the updates are relatively minor quality-of-life fixes that were likely introduced to make Elden Ring’s map that much more legible. But they offer an interesting glimpse into the minds of the FromSoftware team, and the game’s world might have looked like at one stage of development.

New Indian studio announces BGMI rival game built in Indian setup: Pre-registration to begin soon

New Indian studio announces BGMI rival game built in Indian setup: Pre-registration to begin soon

Mayhem Studios, a subsidiary formed by esports platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) has announced its first mobile game. This new game will be built for specifically of the audience in India. The game will be titled “Underworld Gang Wars” (UGW). It will be taking on the battle royale segment which is dominated by titles like BGMI, Call of Duty Mobile, and New State. Mayhem Studios claims that this will be a AAA title. Also Read – Apex Legends Mobile game launch date revealed: Pre-register to get rewards

The new battle royale game is set in India. Mayhem Studios claims that the characters and plot of the game are rooted in India, the game promises an exciting setting with some interesting characters inspired by stories of India. The new game is scheduled to be launched later this year, the game’s pre-registration window will open on May 22. Also Read – Battlegrounds Mobile India ‘game-changing’ update is rolling out: See what’s new

What to expect from Underworld Gang Wars (UGW)

The new UGW game will depict the locations, the gangs, and the icons that represent an Indian context. The studio claims that this is the first AAA title game. The theme, weapons, and the maps of the game have been designed to offer a different experience. Also Read – Need for Speed mobile gameplay video leaked: Here’s what we know so far

The gameplay becomes intense in UGW as the underdog gang from the West wants to take control of the Eastern region from its rival urban gang.

Additionally, to provide an experience original to India, each region depicted in the game resembles a real location in India, be it the coal mines or the next-door apartment complex. It also has some popular landmarks including a fort, station, stadium, and a racecourse.

Looking at the game’s first teaser, there’s nothing to visualize the actual gameplay. Since it is a battle royale game, we can expect elements like other games. We can be sure of the same dropping-from-a-parachute method of starting off the game. Other details will surface when the game is listed on the Google Play Store.

Commenting on the announcement, Ojas Vipat, CEO of Mayhem Studios, said: “We are thrilled to come up with the first Battle Royale Title that promises to offer one of the most relatable storylines for gamers. UGW’s unique locations and the highly relatable universe with great graphics are sure to provide a great experience for Battle Royale players. We are also excited to put together a blockbuster game with some unique stories of India for the world.”

Stop looking for Fall Guys free download tricks; the game will soon be FREE

Stop looking for Fall Guys free download tricks; the game will soon be FREE

Popular platform battle royale game Fall Guys will soon be free to play and come with multi platform support. So, there is no need for finding Fall Guys free download tricks. Check details.

The publishers of the popular platform battle royale game Fall Guys have made a major announcement yesterday. There is no need to look for shady Fall Guys free download hacks anymore. Devolver Digital has revealed that soon the online multiplayer game will not be required to be purchased as it will now be free to play. Alongside, the game will also offer multi-platform support, meaning you can now play the game on different platforms including PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam and the Epic Games Store. So, now, you can not only enjoy this game no matter which system you have, you also can play without paying a buck for it. This new change will take effect starting June 21. Also read: Forget BGMI, check out these top 5 battle royale games on Android.

On Monday, May 16, the official Fall Guys Twitter account posted about this announcement. The tweet read, “IT’S HAPPENING! Soon you’ll be able to play Fall Guys for free on ALL PLATFORMS! See you on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and EGS on June 21”. This will be the first time the game will make its debut on multiple major platforms. This comes two years after its first official release.

Fall Guys to be free to play and offer multi-platform support

As the game becomes free to play, there are concerns about the existing players, who had paid $20 globally or Rs. 1,999 in India. However, Devolver Digital have announced that existing players will be rewarded with a free legacy pack which will include new costumes and accessories for the Fall Guys characters. At the moment, the exact contents of the pack are not known, so it can’t be said if buying the game now, before June 21 will be a good deal. But even if you just want the Fall Guy free download, it will not affect the game anymore and only add to the aesthetic appeal of it.

Along with its new F2P (free to play) avatar, comes a wide range of multi-platform support. Fall Guys will offer platform support for PlayStation, PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox, making it one of the most compatible games. In addition to its cross platform functionality, it will also allow players to switch between different platforms seamlessly. The publishers have also assured that playing on a different platform will not result in loss of progress.

Why Diablo Immortal had to be a mobile game first

Why Diablo Immortal had to be a mobile game first

After spending the last three years insisting that Diablo Immortal will be a mobile exclusive, Blizzard revealed last month that it was bluffing all along. The next entry in the infernal action RPG series is, in fact, coming to PC, and will release on both platforms next month.

That’s exactly what fans wanted. Skeptics had initially balked at Diablo Immortal’s mobile exclusivity, but many have been won over now they know they can face Sanctuary’s fiends using a mouse and keyboard. Others had worried the game would be little more than a pared-down Diablo clone created for the mobile market, but are now excited at the thought of playing the first original Diablo release in five years.

The announcement of Diablo Immortal’s PC port has certainly done wonders for the game’s image, but it’s a good thing that it started life as a mobile exclusive. As game director Wyatt Cheng tells TechRadar, by designing the game for mobile, the team was able to explore new design principles and experiment with novel gameplay concepts that were beyond the reach of past Diablo titles.

Slippery moves

“Senior combat designer Julian Love and I worked on Diablo 3 together, and back on Diablo 3, we really wanted to have affixes [modifiers that grant bonus abilities to your character and enemies] that played around a little bit with your movement,” Cheng says.

“There was one monster affix that we wanted to do at the time, but we didn’t, which was Icy Ground – the idea that you’re kind of skating around.”

It’s a simple concept and one that may not strike you as particularly challenging to implement. Platformers like Mario, Kirby and Rayman have had players sliding across slippery surfaces for decades, but Cheng says Diablo’s traditional, indirect control scheme made the feature tricky to implement. 

“Diablo Immortal is probably the most ambitious Diablo game”

Rod Fergusson

With players controlling their character’s movement by pointing and clicking around the map, the game’s auto-pathing takes over to compensate for the icy ground beneath them. Pointing your character to walk across a frozen lake, and watching as the game automatically takes care of the slippery surface, doesn’t feel nearly as engaging as it does to directly control their movement and slide your way across the tundra.

“But with Diablo Immortal,” Cheng says, “we thought, ‘Hey, we know that we’re a mobile-first game, we’re going to have most people [using] direct control; let’s go ahead and add the Icy Ground property.’ And now you really feel like you’re sliding around on a slippery surface.”

Fluid fighting

A Barbarian leaping into the air in Diablo Immortal

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Designing for mobile allowed the team to play around with other gameplay mechanics, too. It let them use the tactile interface of a phone screen to explore new combat features that weren’t compatible with the mouse-and-keyboard setup of past Diablo games. 

“We have what I call charge-up skills,” Cheng says. “Arcane Wind for the Wizard is a great example. You press down on the Arcane Wind button, and as your thumb holds that button down, it starts to charge up. The damage increases the longer you hold it down, and the area-of-effect increases. But you can also aim it while it’s charging up. And through all of that, you can move your character around to really line up that perfect shot. 

“This is something that we couldn’t do with just a mouse input, and so that was an opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. It’s also why we added WASD keyboard control for people who wanted to be able to do that.”

Designing for mobile allowed the team to play around with new gameplay mechanics

Diablo Immortal will be the first game in the series to support a WASD-based control scheme, letting you move your character about the map with your left hand, while freeing up your right hand for more intricate combat maneuvers. That means fights will no longer be prolonged static wrestles. You’ll be able to aim your weapons, charge-up spells, and unleash each blow while circling your enemies for the best possible position.

It’s a big change for the series. While Diablo 3 on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch allowed for this kind of direct control by tying your character’s movement to the analog stick, a WASD-based control scheme was never implemented for the PC version of the game. Even other massive contemporary RPGs, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3, have been slow to move away from the traditional point-and-click control scheme that’s hallmarked the genre for decades.

Equal platforms

A character spinning around in Diablo Immortal

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

But while creating a Diablo game for mobile has given the team some room for experimentation, it’s also thrown up a few challenges. Inventory management, for example, is tricky to implement when players can’t hover over items with a cursor to reveal their descriptions and stats. Whether you’re playing Diablo Immortal on mobile or PC, you’ll have to tap items to pull up their descriptions. 

“And that immediately [makes people go], ‘Oh, this is a game that was built for [a] mobile-first client,’” Cheng says. “But the advantage of that is that the game is identical. When you go back and forth [between the mobile and PC version], we have complete feature parity. There’s no hidden functionality that’s available on one platform or another.”

Fights will no longer be prolonged static wrestles

That feature parity is all part of Blizzard’s attempt to present Diablo Immortal as a fully-fledged action RPG that can stand alongside its PC siblings. As general manager of the Diablo franchise Rod Fergusson says, the team’s main goal in creating Diablo Immortal was to bring a triple-A experience to mobile devices; to create a mobile game that would not only rival the series’ past releases, but continue to outpace them.

“Diablo Immortal is probably the most ambitious Diablo game we’ve done to date,” Fergusson says. “And it’s something that we’re really excited about. Part of the free-to-play nature of the game is [the] support for the game as we go beyond launch, and we look at new zones, new dungeons, even new classes. All those will be available for free, as we continue to support Diablo for years to come.”

Battlegrounds Mobile India’s update rolling out today: See what’s new

Battlegrounds Mobile India’s update rolling out today: See what’s new

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) developers, Krafton have announced a new update for the month of May. Krafton claims this is a ‘game-changing update like no other’. The BGMI 2.0 update comes with the official version of Livik, Core Circle mode, and other new features. Krafton is introducing this major update to celebrate BGMI’s first anniversary in May. Also Read – How to read BGMI-based comics on your Android smartphone

The new BGMI update will be rolling out today for both Android and iOS devices. Android users can head to the Google Play Store and search for the game. You’ll find the update option there. For Apple users, head to the App Store and repeat the same process. This is the schedule for the update rollout: Also Read – BGMI fans can now watch webtoons that are based on the game: Check details

– iOS (Apple App Store) : May 13 (Fri), 16:00 Also Read – BGMI maker Krafton bans over 40,000 account for cheating: Check details

– AOS (Google PlayStore) : May 13 (Fri), 12:30 ~ 21:30

Even if you don’t manually update the game, you will receive a prompt as soon as you enter the game. You will have to download the update before moving on to the matches.

New Areas in Livik Map

Players will get to see some new themed areas, an all-terrain UTV, and a range of new weapons of XT variants. Krafton claims players will need to use better tactics and strategies to win in the challenging terrain. Krafton will be introducing new advanced supply zones. In these zones, players can sort through crates to load up on supplies.

Gamers will have to navigate treasure maps to reach special supplies and traverse from place to place by using an all-new zipline, players can also score goals on the newly added soccer pitch to earn more items.

Core Circle Mode

This new model was inspired by the popular Japanese animation – Evangelion, the Core Circle mode brings new skins, rewards, and progress-led bonuses for players to avail. The new mechanism of the mode can be experienced in Erangel and Livik, moreover, battles between EVA-01 and EVANGELION’s 6th Angel can be watched in Erangel. Players can access the theme through in-game discovery events and receive additional progress bonuses for participation after May 14th.

Classic Mode

Players in Erangel and Miramar will be able to call for an emergency pickup that will drop them back into the middle of the play zone upon finding themselves outside of it. Moreover, players can also bring back fallen teammates with the help of the Revival Tower.

Krafton claims that the update brings many improvements to controls including enhanced haptic feedback, sponsor match feature support, and the like button being added to spectator mode for supporting more immersive gameplay. With the update 2.0 also celebrating BGMI’s much-awaited first anniversary, the game will feature a first-anniversary lobby with in-game items and a skin sale for players.

Battlegrounds Mobile India: BGMI 2.0 update is here! Check what’s new- core circle mode, Livik map, more

Battlegrounds Mobile India: BGMI 2.0 update is here! Check what’s new- core circle mode, Livik map, more

The Battlegrounds Mobile India or BGMI 2.0 update is finally here. Check out everything new in this major update. Players will finally get to experience Core circle mode, official Livik map and much more.

Battlegrounds Mobile India or BGMI, the popular online multiplayer battle royale game, has just launched its 2.0 update. The BGMI 2.0 update comes after two months and is a major update for the game. The new update will also mark the collaboration of BGMI publisher Krafton with popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Players can prepare for an exciting gaming experience with new features and gameplay improvement. The update adds a new core circle mode, official Livik map, emergency pickups and more. Read on to find out everything about this update. Also read: iQOO, BGMI come together for eSports tournaments 2022.

BGMI 2.0 update release time

The BGMI 2.0 update will be rolled out today, May 13. The update is rolled out in batches and different regions will receive it at different times of the day. While there has not been much consistency in terms of timing of release for India, the previous update was rolled out in India at 5:30 PM.

BGMI 2.0 update new features

The BGMI 2.0 update comes with an array of new features as well as improvements on existing features. Apart from all the features, the month will also gear up towards Battlegrounds Mobile India’s first anniversary in May. Let us take a look at all the new features of this update.

Core Circle Mode

This new mode has been inspired by the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and brings new skin, rewards, and milestone-based bonuses for all gamers. This new mode can be experienced in both Erangel and Livik maps. Players can access this themed mode through the in-game discovery events and can get additional bonuses for participation after May 14th.

Official Livik map

Livik map is now officially available to play and have thrilling matches in. The new map comes equipped with an all-terrain UTV, ziplines, a brand-new soccer pitch where players can score goals too and more. The map will also offer the new XT variant of weapons for all players, making gameplay more exciting than ever. Also, the map will have advanced supply zones with special weapons in them.

Changes in BGMI Classic mode

The classic modes will see the new emergency pickup feature that will pick the player outside the zone and drop them in the middle of the play-zone. There is also a revival tower that will allow players to revive their eliminated teammates. The haptic controls are also being enhanced with this update. Apart from a like button has been added to the spectator mode and a new lobby for the first-anniversary of BGMI has also been created where players can get in-game items and buy skins on sale.