Hammering Elden Ring walls becomes a hollow pastime as hit game receives huge patch
Bandai Namco has pushed out the Elden Ring patch v1.03, which contains a mixture of bug fixes, new features, and the usual divisive changes that gamers either love or hate depending on their nature. The update is available for all platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam for Windows. Along with a considerable list of bug fixes there are numerous balance changes, with the nerf to the exploited Mimic Tear Ash ability making boss-slaying that little bit harder for players.
One of the biggest changes is the ability to track meetings with NPCs, with an icon and the character’s name being made available to the player on the game map. There’s also a new NPC in Elden Ring called Jar-Bairn, who is actually a type of jar that resides in Jarburg and offers up a quest to those willing to assist a small sentient pot. Bandai Namco has supplied some new background music too, and there is a fix for a bug that prevented players receiving drops after defeating a boss.
While there are already many hours of gameplay to be enjoyed in Elden Ring, which is a certified critical and commercial smash with over 12 million sales and Metacritic scores of 95 (PC)/96 (PS5)/96 (XSXS), players have managed to find a new way of wiling away the time – with hammering. A post made on Reddit by u/teristam shows how a hidden room can be accessed in Volcano Manor by hitting a wall 50 times (see related video clip below).
Of course, it has been reasoned that this could simply be an overlooked bug in the game, but there are those so convinced that this is yet another deliberately fiendish feature from the creative mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki, that it is worth repeatedly going around the game’s labyrinthine passageways and corridors hammering all of the walls on the way. There are many illusory walls in Elden Ring already listed, and this new find will be maddening enough to make any fan go hollow.