if you keep up Eldon RingThe various updates over the past few months, the small changes to the game should be familiar to you. FromSoftware has quietly changed the game’s map (several times) and made many other tweaks that are rarely mentioned in the patch notes.
And, as it turns out, one of the most recognizable areas in the game is being updated right up to the last minute.
Leyndell, the Royal Capital is a huge and complex traditional dungeon that players arrive fairly late in the game. In version 1.0 of Elden Ring – the version released on disc – Leyndell is slightly different from the version players have been accessing since the day it was released.
By playing the unpatched day one version of Elden Ring, YouTuber Sekiro Dubi made a number of bizarre discoveries, most of which were lore rather than straightforward gameplay.
The most obvious difference is that the older version of Leyndell appears to take place earlier in the game’s timeline, when the loyalists of the Golden Order that Erdtree follows have not yet regained control of the city. In present-day Ryder, the streets and halls are almost always guarded by Ryder knights and soldiers, but this was not always the case.
As you can see in the video above, the capital is still under the invasion of Crucible Knights, Banished Knights, and other forces, and its garrison is nowhere to be found. You can even see some praying to the fallen dragon, Gransax, whose shell adorns the cityscape. Glasax, of course, started the war with the dragons when they attacked the capital.
One of the most unique sights you’ll see upon arriving at Leyndell in the current edition is the congregation of Oracle envoys blowing their pipes whirling in the Erdtree light. However, the capital version of the shipment shows the time until they arrive. Oracle Envoy is said to seem to herald the beginning of a new era, which makes sense given the timeline of events.
Leyndell’s bosses have slightly different names, aside from some area name changes and the removal of a certain set of armor. Morgott, the Lord of Omens is named Prince of Omens.
Of course, many things have not changed, such as the layout of the city. You’ll also notice that some of Leyndell’s invaders haven’t been completely wiped out when we arrive, such as the few scattered Crucible Knights you’ll encounter.
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