Elden Ring Survival Mode Dials Up The Difficulty With Hunger Pains, Diseases And More
Still, they're not the only games of this genre getting customized by clever players. FromSoftware's Dark Souls series has a small-but-dedicated modding community, too. There are your usual graphics mods and randomizers, but there are also mods like Dark Souls: Daughters of Ash that add all kinds of custom content, including weapons, enemies, new level geometry, bosses, and more.
One of the most interesting mods that we've seen from a gameplay perspective is Elden Ring Survival Mode. A somewhat-common feature in open world games is the addition of survival mechanics. Forcing the player to manage their hunger, thirst, and overall physical health layers on an extra tier of difficulty that can improve immersion—not that freakin' Elden Ring needed to be any harder. You can see the announcement and a brief trailer below:
Elden Ring: Survival Mode trailer! 👀— Grimrukh (@grimrukh) June 2, 2022
- Craft new food items to fight hunger and thirst
- Use new materials to craft and upgrade weapons
- Find cures for region-specific diseases
- Truly dark nights
Releasing on Monday night, right after a premiere stream by @Lobosjrgaming :) pic.twitter.com/yHfQULkGGR
To be clear, this is a fan-made mod, not a built-in game feature. It's also not actually out yet, although the modder plans to release it later this evening after the premiere stream (by LobosJr on Twitch) ends. We'd keep an eye on Grimrukh's "User Files" page on the Nexus if you're itching to try and fight both monsters and nature to stay alive in The Lands Between.