Elden Ring has a new 1.03.1 update that adds some features that some players may find useful.
As listed in the official patch notes by Bandai Namco, (Thanks, Ian) some major changes for Elden Ring are detailed in the new 1.03.1 update. One of those changes adds “a function to record an icon and the name of an NPC on the map when you encounter that NPC.”
While an example of what this looks like isn’t shown, it seems to be allowing players to keep better track of their tasks. If you’ve caught the discourse online since reviews on the game came out, you’ll know that some players complained about not having a log of sorts, while others praised the game for the lack of a log, instead suggesting players keep physical notebooks at hand.
Another major change of interest is the addition of “some summonable NPCs in multiple situations.” Throughout the game, players can summon players or NPCs to help in combat, and this seems to improve that feature.
Outside of major changes, there are bug fixes detailed, with one being for players using custom key configurations where dialogue was being skipped while talking to NPCs. There are also fixes for incorrect sound effects being played in some situations.
Additionally, balancing changes find some effects, such as Torrent’s HP healing being increased and increasing the duration for items such as Uplifting Aromatic and Ironjar Aromatic.