The most recent Soulslike to grace us this yr is Lords of the Fallen, a reboot of the 2014 recreation of the identical identify. Whereas evaluations have been blended and I’m spooked by its dual-world exploration shenanigans, it’s painfully troublesome to play as a result of enemies are after your ass on a regular basis. They’re relentless. Or they have been, anyway, till a latest patch made a fairly large change to the sport’s trash mobs.
Dropped on October 23 for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Collection X/S, patch 1.1.224 for Lords of the Fallen introduces all types of tweaks to the action-RPG. Alongside fixing some quite irritating bugs, like T-posing fashions and collision points, the most recent replace additionally modifications enemy density and hostility, placing baddies on a a lot tighter leash. This alteration will shorten how lengthy enemies chase you when you’ve aggroed them, which means you’ll be able to extra freely roam the worlds of the dwelling and the useless with out a rabid group of vicious paparazzi vying to get an image of your mangled corpse.
That is simply one of many many deliberate modifications developer Hexworks has within the works. As outlined by the studio on Lords of the Fallen’s official subreddit, one other patch touchdown on October 26 for all platforms will cut back the general variety of goons “in areas the place gamers most wrestle”—which sadly wasn’t specified within the Reddit publish. They’ll nonetheless be current in New Recreation Plus, with enemy density and hostility ratcheting up with every journey via the sport’s twin worlds of Axiom and Umbral. However throughout your first playthrough, enemies ought to seem much less continuously. The October 26 replace may also tweak mob habits in order that enemies don’t soar you as typically.
The most recent replace additionally makes a big change to New Recreation Plus. Should you beat the sport, now you can select to reset all the world or proceed in your present one. Each choices allow you to retain your character, gadgets, and development. However beginning a New Recreation Plus in your present world will keep your present issue, quite than growing it. As soon as the October 26 replace lands, Vestiges (this recreation’s model of Darkish Souls’ bonfires) will not disappear when embarking a New Recreation Plus. These two modifications are supposed to make trophy searching and normal exploration a bit simpler.
That’s the principle takeaway from the present and upcoming patches: It appears Lords of the Fallen will get incrementally simpler with every subsequent replace. Don’t get it twisted, it’s nonetheless a hard-ass online game. This can be a Soulslike, in spite of everything, however tweaks like these will go a good distance in making it a bit extra approachable.