There’s a new Elden Ring mod that’s so good I wish it somehow made it into the console version.
The PC version of Elden Ring has some great mods, thanks to its large and dedicated community. One of the latest mods to hit the game, Increased Draw Distance (opens in new tab)pretty much does what it says on the tin (thanks, Wccftech (opens in new tab)). Once installed, you’ll be able to see more of the game’s distant landscapes as you travel through The Lands Between.
The best thing about the mod is that it manages this with very little impact on the game’s performance. If you have a PC that can run Elden Ring just fine, it’s definitely worth downloading the mod to get a better look at the distant sights of the game itself.
The horizons between
So why is greater trekking distance so important to Elden Ring? For starters, developer From Software really wants you to enjoy his environments in all his games. Whether that be the distant Bell of Awakening in Dark Souls, or the distant Lothric Castle in Dark Souls 3. You are constantly made aware of your purpose and the vast amount of travel between you and it.
That is no different in Elden Ring. From the jump you can get a good look at Stormveil Castle, home to the game’s first big boss, and the monolithic Erdtree in the heart of the country. These towering landmarks remind you how big the world is around you, or how small you are when placed in it.
Increasing the draw distance of Elden Ring further serves this theme. And while it’s highly unlikely, I’d love to see From Software implemented in the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version of the game.
Having an even better sense of my place in The Lands Between, in relation to other key areas on the map, is something I’d love to see on repeat playthroughs. If only to bask in the bleak beauty of the dying world of Elden Ring. And while the game doesn’t have an official photo mode, a greater draw distance would certainly delight avid screenshotters like myself and I’m sure countless others.