Notorious Jerk In Elden Ring Beta Chills Out In Full Game

Early ancient ring players were shocked when an NPC in a closed online test called their character a “bit player” who should “die somewhere in a ditch”. His outright and immediate hostility was seen by some as the epitome of souls- like the brutal complexity of the genre, but I’m here to report that, for better or worse, the rough edges of this notorious jerk have been polished a bit in the final issue, which will be released on February 25th.

If you do not deviate from the obvious path at the beginning, ancient ring. In the open world, the first person you will meet is a man named Varre. He appears friendly enough at first, wearing a smiling white mask and standing near one of the game’s ubiquitous checkpoints. But in a preview hosted by Bandai Namco last year, Varre barely managed to hide his snub. Every line, even those meant to teach or complete knowledge about the game’s setting, was suffused with contempt.

Here’s a brief taste of what I’m talking about:

First Conversation (Closed Network Test)

Oh, yes… Faded, right?

Come to the In-between lands for the Elden Ring, huh?

Of course have. There is no shame in this.

But I’m afraid you’re out of luck.

You are without a virgin. A small player who has completely broken away from the power of runes.

Feel free to walk away and die somewhere in a ditch.

Second Conversation (Closed Network Test)

Oh, you can’t seem to grasp your predicament?

This is not surprising. You poor fellows are stubborn.

Well, OK.

If you have to try this without a virgin, you will need an education.

On the paths of the enlightened Tarnished Ones.

Are you familiar with grace? The rays of gold that give you life have dimmed.

You can also sometimes see its golden dust pointing in a certain direction.

This is the guidance of grace. The path that the Tarnished One must travel.

This is nothing but a miracle. That the guidance of grace can lead you, virgin, to the perfect place to die in obscurity.

By an ancient ring the predecessors were definitely home to one or two hostile NPCs, it was different. The first person to speak to you during your travels in the Lands Between, essentially telling you to fuck off, set the mood for the whole adventure. It felt like the developers were completely open about what kind of game they made, forcing you to ignore his warnings and keep fighting. Souls fans who more than anything want FromSoftware punishment on an almost psychosexual level enjoyed negging Varre.

However, in the real game, Varre is much more relaxed than in the closed online test. He’s far from the nicest person around, but his explanations in the final issue seem more patronizing than obnoxious. Varre treats you like a simpleton in dire need of tuition, in a voice that almost says, “Oh, you poor little jerk, you’ll definitely die out there, but it won’t be my fault.” And guys, I have to say, it’s almost more frustrating than when he just chastised you, despite the fact that overall it seemed like more casual communication.

First Conversation (final release)

Oh, yes… Faded, right?

Come to the In-between lands for the Elden Ring, huh?

Of course have. There is no shame in this.

However, unfortunately for you, you are deprived of virginity.

With no guidance, no runic power, and no invitation to the Roundtable…

You are destined, it seems, to die in obscurity.

Second Conversation (final release)

However, fortunately for you, there is one shining ray of hope even for the deflowered.

To me. Varre. Try to listen.

Are you familiar with grace? The golden light that gives you life has dimmed.

You can also sometimes see its golden beams pointing in a certain direction.

This is the guidance of grace. The path that the Tarnished One must travel.

Mm, indeed. Grace’s guide contains the answers.

This will lead you Tarnished Ones to the path you must follow.

Even if it takes you to your grave.

However, I’m not sure that Varre doesn’t have some sinister designs waiting in the wings. Maybe it’s because incredulity is sown in me by previous FromSoftware games, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to cover myself until the end of my ancient ring passing. Whoever is under this mask, Varre still seems too engrossed in my character’s death to completely let my guard down when it comes to him.

But at least he doesn’t call me “virgin less rogue” anymore.

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