elden ring It hasn’t been out long, but enough time has passed that we’re now starting to see some data mining and the kind of complex trawling through game files that uncovers fully cut content, older versions of existing areas/systems – and, of course, removed mechanics .
All FromSoftware games go through this after launch, but given the sheer size and scope of Elden Ring compared to the studio’s previous work, the wealth of information the game code could be hiding has many in the community giddy with excitement.
Lance McDonald, the modder whose name should be familiar to anyone who follows this page of FromSoft’s games, has started posting new content about Elden Ring. Her latest video uncovers a strange mechanic who didn’t make it to the final cut.
But perhaps even more interesting than that, a version of this mechanic actually existed in the game’s November 2021 network test. Using a modded PS4, McDonalnd was able to break the confines of this build and free the camera to compare and contrast with the final version of the game .
This journey led them to a specific NPC – Monk Jiko – complete with unique dialogue, an item and complete game mechanics, all of which no longer exist in the final build.
For all we know, the mechanic basically allowed players to brew alcohol, which can then be offered to NPCs for them to reveal more about themselves that you wouldn’t be able to learn otherwise – much like alcohol loosens people’s tongues.
Naturally, being a fantasy game, FromSoft added a decent spin. Instead of simply gathering and fermenting fruit, Jiko instructs you to capture the Dream Mist/Slumber Mist, which is only found on creatures in deep sleep. These creatures are shrouded in fog and don’t wake up when you approach them.
This feature was so far into development that a tutorial for it exists in the info tab of the inventory. There’s even a prompt when you get close to one of these sleeping creatures that you can use to fill your St. Trina’s Crystal Ball bottle (which you got from the NPC) with said mist.
It takes two to make a single drink called Dreambrew. After the process is complete, you’ll get a disposable item – a nice soft drink – which you can offer to NPCs and get them to spill the beans. The network test build even showed what happens when an NPC accepts your gesture. As you can see in the video at the top of the page, the subtitles describe the kale nightmare the vendor has when he takes your drink and falls asleep. What is revealed aligns with the lore behind Kale’s nomadic people, whom you encounter throughout The Lands Between.
As McDonalnd points out, the feature was likely trimmed late in development due to the finding of several related, unused lines of dialogue for various NPCs that would have been unlocked had the mechanic made it into the final build. In fact, the monk himself apparently had a larger task that has disappeared from the game.
For more on what is actually made the cut, our Elden Ring Guide is always there for you.
https://www.vg247.com/elden-ring-dreambrew-drunk-npcs-alcohol-cut-mechanic Elden Ring once let you get NPCs drunk to loosen their tongues