FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is already one of the biggest games of 2022, and most players seem to agree that it lives up to the long wait and massive hype. However, while FromSoftware may have invented the souls-like genre, it isn’t the only one attempting to innovate on it. One example is the somewhat derivatively named Eldest Souls, that’s nevertheless seen a mostly positive reception since its release last July.
However, developer Fallen Flag studio hasn’t been idle as Eldest Souls approaches its first anniversary. The studio just released the free Depths of the Forgotten expansion, introducing a new area with new bosses, weapons, and abilities.
Fallen Flag’s co-founder Francesco Barsotti described Eldest Souls: Depths of the Forgotten in a post on the PlayStation Blog from May 2nd. Players can explore the underground world of the Forgotten Depths, a new region accessible via a door in the Enchanted Forest region. This subterranean area includes three new bosses called The Rejected Daughter, Zylad, Lord of Steel, and The Rotten Crown. The player will also meet a new NPC called Orenai the Watcher, who will reluctantly aid in their quest.
The Rejected Daughter is a twisted demigod resembling a horrific mix of woman and spider. A somewhat tragic character, Eldest Souls’ final boss Eksyll created the Rejected Daughter to be a perfect heir. Unimpressed with his creation, Eksyll sealed her away in the Forgotten Depths. As Barsotti puts it, “the years have not been kind.” Meanwhile, Zylad, Lord of Steel, was a servant of Eksyll and commander of his armies. However, he began to act above his station, so Eksyll imprisoned him underground. Finally, the Rotting Crown is the grotesquely bloated corpse of a former king who was cursed and betrayed by a powerful entity promising eternal salvation.
The update also adds four new weapons to Eldest Souls, each bringing a powerful buff at the cost of a significant debuff. Barsotti gave the specific example of a weapon called The Executioner. It substantially boosts the player’s damage but considerably lowers their speed and defense stats. Players will have to decide if the boons these weapons provide justify the high cost. Finally, Depths of the Forgotten introduces a new unlockable Shard to aid Eldest Souls players in battle, though Barsotti wants players to find out what it does for themselves.
Eldest Souls casts players in the role of a lone warrior in a dying world. Equipped with an “Obsydian” blade, they quest to save humanity by defeating various bosses in frantic battles. It maintains Dark Souls’ bleak atmosphere and timing-based combat but transfers it to an isometric perspective and illustrated art style. Eldest Souls saw generally positive reviews, with a 76% on Metacritic. Hopefully, Depths of the Forgotten lives up to the base game’s level of quality.
Eldest Souls is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Source: PlayStation Blog