How does matchmaking work in Elden Ring Colosseum friends
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How Does Matchmaking Work in Elden Ring Colosseum

Thankfully, new players shouldn't be placed against fully decked out Elden Lords.

From Software has pushed out patch 1.08 for their open world spectacle that is Elden Ring. Among their usual weapon adjustments and bug fixes, they’ve added a brand new colosseum PvP mode. Tarnished who have journeyed to the Lands Between will have noticed these massive fighting arenas throughout the world in Limgrave, Caelid, and Leyndell. Now able to be entered, colosseums allow players to participate in 1v1 duels, special fights with spirit summons enabled, 3v3 team fights, and even free-for-alls. Certain fights are limited to certain locations, with the choice of playing with your friends, or matchmaking with random people online.

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The addition of this new game mode has prompted a lot of questions from the community. One notable inquiry being: how does matchmaking work in Elden Ring colosseum? We’ll be taking a look at other examples of PvP in Elden Ring as well as previous From Software titles and how they’ve handled arena based PvP matchmaking.

How does matchmaking work in Elden Ring Colosseum

How does matchmaking work in Elden Ring Colosseum friends
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Like all games try to do, Elden Ring will try its best to make sure you are queuing up with or against people with commensurate power. Other modes in Elden Ring such as invasion, attempt to matchmake players based on character level and other upgrades. So it’s safe to say that the colosseum mode will carry over these preferences. It’s unsure whether or not From Software will implement a covenant type system from their earlier games Dark Souls 2 and 3. However, one can hope that this more competitive player versus player mode will include a ranked system or at least maybe factions for players to choose from.

It’s clear that updates aren’t slowing down for Elden Ring even almost a whole year into it’s lifecycle. Constant updates, tweaks, and bug fixes will help the overall longevity of the game. As well as brand new modes like the colosseums and hopefully, some special DLC in the works. Only time will tell just what From Software has in store for the remainder of our time in the Lands Between.

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