There’s a new Elden Ring mod that is so good I wish it could somehow make it to the console version.
The PC version of Elden Ring has some fantastic mods, courtesy of its large and dedicated community. One of the latest mods to come to the game, Greater drawing distance (opens in new tab)does pretty much what it says on the tin (thanks, Wccftech (opens in new tab)). When installed, it will allow you to see more of the game’s distant landscapes as you travel through the Middlelands.
The best thing about the mod is that it manages this with very little impact on game performance. If you have a PC that can run Elden Ring just fine, then it’s worth downloading the mod to get a better look at the far sights of the game for yourself.
The horizons between
So why is increasing draw distance so important for Elden Ring? For starters, developer From Software really wants you to immerse yourself in their environments in all their games. Whether it’s the distant Bell of Awakening in Dark Souls, or the distant Lothric Castle in Dark Souls 3. You’re constantly aware of your objective and the daunting amount of travel between you and it.
This is no different in Elden Ring. From the start, you can get a good look at Stormveil Castle, where the game’s first big boss resides, and the monolithic Erdtree at the heart of the land. These towering landmarks serve as a reminder of how big the world is around you or how small you are when placed in it.
Increasing Elden Ring’s draw distance further serves this theme. And while very unlikely, it’s something I’d love to see From Software implement in the PS5 and Xbox Series X version | S of the game.
Getting an even greater sense of my place in The Lands Between, relative to other key areas of the map, is something I’d love to witness on repeat playthroughs. If only to enjoy the dark beauty of the dying world of Elden Ring. And while the game doesn’t have an official photo mode, the increased draw distance would certainly delight eager screenshotters like me and I’m sure many others.