Helldivers 2 Director Speaks Out on Elden Ring DLC Difficulty
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Helldivers 2 Director Speaks Out on Elden Ring DLC Difficulty

Jun 26, 2024 1:36 PM

Helldivers 2 director Johan Pilestedt recently defended the difficulty of FromSoftware's Elden Ring expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree. Pilestedt responded on social media to criticisms about the game's challenging nature, emphasizing that the difficulty is intentional to evoke strong emotions from players and to cater to a specific audience. This design philosophy, he asserts, is about delivering a fulfilling experience rather than appealing to everyone. FromSoftware's games, including Dark Souls and Bloodborne, are known for their difficulty, which is both praised and criticized by the gaming community. Despite some negative feedback, Shadow of the Erdtree has been highly rated, receiving a 10/10 from IGN.

Why is Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree so difficult?

FromSoftware designs its games, including Elden Ring and its expansion Shadow of the Erdtree, to be challenging to evoke a sense of accomplishment and emotional engagement from players. The developers believe that catering to a specific audience enhances the overall gaming experience, even if it means the game isn't universally appealing.

Elden Ring, developed by FromSoftware and released in 2022, quickly became a landmark in the action RPG genre. Known for its expansive open-world environment and intricate lore co-written by fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin, the game challenges players with difficult bosses and complex game mechanics. Shadow of the Erdtree, its first major expansion, continues this trend by providing new challenges and deepening the game's narrative, reinforcing the studio's reputation for delivering intense and rewarding experiences.

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N3rdo N3rdo commented on: 2024-06-26 14:24:03
FromSoftware's ethos of blending challenge with rich storytelling in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree really emphasizes that sense of satisfaction when you finally conquer a tough boss. Pilestedt's defense resonates with me; it's all about that emotional payoff and creating unforgettable gaming experiences.
Stimpy Stimpy commented on: 2024-06-26 14:18:03
FromSoftware's approach to crafting challenging experiences in Shadow of the Erdtree is a hallmark of their design ethos, aimed at creating a sense of personal triumph and deep immersion. It's not just about the difficulty, but about crafting moments that resonate emotionally, making victories feel that much sweeter for those who relish the challenge.
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