An Elden Ring dataminer has uncovered a series of messages in the game files that appear to reference a faction system which is not currently available.
Messages like “bloody finger rank advanced” and “recusant rank advanced” appear in unused text pop-ups, as dataminer StrayKurtis shows in a tweet (via PC Gamer). These messages also refer to ranks for “hunter”, “duelist,” or “furled finger”. These messages all refer to multiplayer functions in Elden Ring and suggest that some kind of faction system was planned.
The covenant system in the original Dark Souls similarly offered a number of factions with ranks you could progress through, most of them focused on co-op or PvP. You could earn unique items, spells or other passive bonuses by moving up the ranks.
It’s unclear whether these Elden Ring messages reference a system that was cut from the game ahead of launch, or something that the devs plan to fill in with future DLC or patches. It is unclear if the game’s impregnable collosseums have designed interiors that seem to be the ideal spot for PvP fights. Dataminers have speculated for years that these areas were intended for DLC.
While Elden Ring’s in-game secrets have largely been sussed out by now, the community is continuing to make the game feel fresh. One player spent hours hiding as a bush to spite an AFK rune farmer. Another revamped the map to show how small it is when you stick to the main path. And the legendary Let Me Solo Her has killed Malenia 1,000 times only to restart the game.
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He’s been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His passion for gaming was ignited somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 & Knights of the Old Republic. These days, you’ll find him split his time between retro gaming and the most recent action-adventure title.