There’s a new Elden Ring mod that’s so good I wish it would somehow make its way to the console version.
The PC version of Elden Ring features some fantastic mods thanks to its large and dedicated community. One of the latest mods to hit the game, Increased draw distance (opens in a new tab)does pretty much what it says on the tin (thanks, Wccftech (opens in a new tab)). Once installed, it will allow you 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 game performance. If you have a PC that runs Elden Ring well, it’s absolutely worth downloading the mod to get a better look at the game’s distant sights.
Horizons in between
So why is increased draw distance so important to the Elden Ring? For starters, developer From Software really wants you to immerse yourself in their environments in all their games. Be it the distant Bell of Awakening in Dark Souls or the distant Castle of Lothric in Dark Souls 3. You are constantly aware of your destination and the daunting amount of travel between you and it.
The Elden Ring is no different. From the very beginning, you can get a good look at Castle Stormveil, where the first main boss of the game resides, and the monolithic Erdtree in the heart of the land. These tall landmarks serve as a reminder of how big the world around you is or how small you are when you’re in it.
Increasing the Elden Ring’s pull radius further serves this theme. And while it’s highly unlikely, I’d love to see From Software implement this in the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game.
An even greater sense of my place in the Lands Between, relative to other major areas on the map, is something I’d love to experience on repeat playthroughs. If only to bask in the gloomy beauty of the dying world of Elden Ring. And while the game doesn’t have an official photo mode, the increased draw distance is sure to delight avid screencasters like me and I’m sure countless others.