Lords Of The Fallen has arrived, offering a refreshing take on the familiar soulslike experience. While the game adheres to standard character classes and challenging gameplay, it introduces innovative mechanics to distinguish itself. Notably, it incorporates the Umbral realm and an unconventional approach to multiplayer interactions.
For those eager to understand how the game’s online features function and how to enjoy it with a friend, this guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the available online and multiplayer mechanics.
Getting Started with Online and Multiplayer
Before delving into the game’s multiplayer aspects, it’s crucial to grasp some fundamental concepts.
To access the multiplayer features in the game, you must begin in Online Mode. This can be accomplished in two straightforward ways:
- The first method involves accessing the settings menu. In the Multiplayer section, you’ll find a toggle switch that enables you to switch Online mode on or off. This section also permits you to activate Crossplay and establish a Session Password if you prefer a private session with specific players.
- The second approach is available when you rest at a Vestige. If you’re currently in offline mode, you’ll see the bottom option labeled “Log in,” indicating that you’re offline. A simple click will transition you to online mode.
Crossplay is exclusively supported between PC and consoles. If you and your friend are on different console platforms, regrettably, you won’t be able to play together.
If you’re already in online mode, you’ll find the “Multiplayer” option instead of the “Log in” option in the Vestige menu. Selecting it reveals four distinct multiplayer options.
The cooperative experience in Lords of the Fallen stands out as it allows you to progress through the entire game alongside another lampbearer. Notably, when one player defeats a boss, the other player doesn’t return to their world, as is common in other Souls games.
Even if you opt to teleport to a different Vestige, your partner will be transported to the same location you’ve chosen. This ensures a seamless cooperative adventure.
It’s worth noting that the accompanying lampbearer has the freedom to remain in the session or depart at their discretion.
Moreover, if the accompanying lampbearer perishes during your cooperative journey, they won’t be sent back to their world. Instead, the host has the opportunity to revive them. The host will notice a glowing spot where they can interact to bring the other lampbearer back into the game.
All these innovations in multiplayer deliver a fresh perspective that many players have been seeking in this genre.
Beckoning a Lampbearer
The first option in the Multiplayer menu is “Beckon Lampbearer,” where you summon another player through matchmaking to join you, whether for a boss battle or exploration. In this scenario, you act as the Host and have control over the world state, allowing you to decide whether to enter the Umbral realm or stay in Axiom.
Regarding loot, both the host and the other lampbearer can collect various items dropped by enemies. However, the accompanying player won’t have access to special items such as key items or hidden treasures found in chests.
Their primary role is to provide assistance while still receiving the expected amount of Vigor for both parties. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.
It’s essential to stress that progress is not shared, and only the host character advances in the game.
Inviting a Friend to Your Game
The “Beckon Friend” option offers a straightforward way to invite a friend from your platform’s friend list to join your game. Upon selection, you’ll see a list of all your available friends whom you can invite to play with you. The mechanics mirror those when beckoning a random lampbearer, and the same rules apply.
The key distinction is that the first option brings in a random player, while this one allows you to easily invite a specific person to join your game.
Accompanying Another Lampbearer
Opting for “Accompany Lampbearer” enables you to join another lampbearer’s session and support them on their journey. In this case, you won’t be the host, and the other lampbearer will control the world state. The same rules apply, and no differences exist.
This option serves two primary purposes:
- It can be helpful if you want to accumulate more Vigor to level up your character or upgrade your equipment.
- It’s a great way to offer assistance to other players as they progress through their games and potentially make new friends to enjoy the game with.
Engaging in PvP (Player vs. Player)
Of course, the game wouldn’t be complete without a PvP option where you can invade another lampbearer’s session to add some chaos to their day, if that’s your preference. It’s all about introducing an element of disruption and excitement.
For those who relish the idea of invading other players’ sessions just for the thrill, the game allows this as long as they are playing online.
However, keep in mind that when you invade another player’s session, they may not be alone; there’s a possibility that they’re already accompanied by another lampbearer, leading to unpredictable encounters.
If you have a friend who boasts about their skills and you want to settle the score, the game provides a solution. Simply set a password that both you and your friend can match, and then select this option. Only the battlefield will determine who truly reigns supreme.