An Elden Ring Seamless Co-Op Mod Emerges And It Looks Fantastic
This isn't some limitation or flaw in these games, but rather a completely intentional design decision. The worlds of these action-RPGs are extremely hostile, and being able to have a friend around at all times would be a stabilizing force that would go a long way toward neutering the anxious atmosphere of apprehension that FromSoftware wants players to feel in its games.
To be clear, the mod isn't completely new, and it also isn't out yet. LukeYui first showed off the mod back at the beginning of the month. However, as you can see in the video above, it's making great progress and looks to be just what the doctor ordered for folks who simply want to play Elden Ring in cooperative mode without all the constant re-summoning that is usually required.
As with any Elden Ring mod, it requires playing "offline," which means "while not connected to the FromSoftware official Elden Ring servers." This means you won't be able to include other players beyond your friends, but it also means you won't be invaded by hostile players, either. Everyone playing together with the mod is considered a "Host of Fingers," which means that progress is synchronized for all players, so you don't have to re-play sections over to allow players to continue to progress in the game.
The latest update video demonstrates a few of the new features added to the mod, including a vote system for synchronized fast travelling as well as shared map waypoints and a spectator mode. LukeYui hasn't said when he plans to release the mod, but it's likely that it will be announced on his YouTube channel when he does.