Elden Ring 1995: A fan demake redesigns the game for PlayStation 1
Ancient Ring is a great game that takes advantage of modern hardware. But what if that wasn’t the case, and designers were limited to 1995 technology? This is the intriguing question behind the “demake” concept, where a developer recreates a title as if it had been developed for an older platform.
Hoolopee, a 3D VFX video maker created one such tribute ancient ring. This is the trailer for the version of the game that will never be, published with the caption “it comes in 8 discs and hits 5 fps”. He demonstrates a number of broad views in the ancient ring a huge open world map, as well as some of the game’s terrifying enemies, including those cute pots that are actually deadly dungeon guys. Apparently Torrent is showing up too.
Hoolopee has created other demakia snippets such as one creepy little clip from the PlayStation 1 version of Resident Evil Village. Other developers have made similar playable demakes, such as Lilith Walther. Bloody PSXa love letter to another FromSoftware name.
It’s amazing to see how artists pay homage to brand new games by presenting them through the visuals of the past. The current generation of technology provides a lot more options, and developers are creating larger and more detailed worlds than ever before. But there’s something comforting about seeing simple graphics from an earlier age when our imaginations had to work a little harder. I can appreciate the technical difficulty of trying to imitate seriousness, scenery, and action ancient ring or Bloody are very large games that have been worked on by a group of talented people – while deliberately limiting your efforts to a certain technical level.
There is also something honest and nostalgic in Demak. Bloody PSX designed in such a way that when the player uses the flamethrower, the frame rate drops – just like it would have happened before on the PlayStation. While the player can turn this off, it’s still a good hint for easier times. As complex as the worlds of FromSoftware are, fans still find different ways to comment on them and get to the bottom of what makes them interesting.