Elden Ring looks like another classic by FromSoftware, featuring some of that meaty Souls combat with a beautiful open-world from Hidetaka Miyazaki, teamed with writing from no other than George R.R. Martin.
There was a lot to enjoy about the gameplay trailer, like the beautiful combat, some of the haunting monster designs, and a number of other things fans will be theorizing about up until the moment that Elden Ring is released.
Players have been wondering as to whether Elden Ring is connected to Dark Souls in anyway. While we can safely assume the game is more a spiritual successor, rather than hvaing any direct connections, the game does borrow from the Soulsborne universe. This has then led to players wondering, will Elden Ring have bonfires?
Will Elden Ring Have Bonfires?
One particular Elden Ring visual that caught the eyes of many FromSoftware fans was when the main character was relaxing in a fireplace, seemingly teasing that Elden Ring will have a Bonfire system similar to Dark Souls.
To be fair, we wouldn’t have put it past FromSoftware if they ended up implementing a similar resting system to Bonfires, like they’ve done with Lamps in Bloodborne. We have since learned that this is going to be the case, with a slight difference.
Elden Ring will not have bonfires. However, it will maintain the rest mechanic, and instead have new places of rest for players, like Sites of Grace. One difference between Sites of Grace and Bonfires, is that the sites will spawn Rays of Guiding Light that will direct players to their key location. Players don't have to follow these Rays, but they're a welcomed, additional touch to points of rest.
While FromSoftware makes some quality games, they haven’t really strayed too far from the Dark Souls formula aside from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which actually does a couple of unique things from the Souls-likes.
Personally, some of us would like it if they made games like 3D Dot Game Heroes or Armored Core again... but we can’t deny that a winning formula works. Elden Ring certainly looks to share similarities with the Souls-formula, but it definitely looks to be a unique, standalone game.
Elden Ring will be coming to the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on January 21, 2022, hopefully with no delays.