Hexworks’ new Lords of the Fallen patch is finally here and it’s absolutely massive. With the developer introducing over 100 changes and a handful of key improvements to the existing inventory system, this new update is another fantastic step in the right direction for the soulslike. Before you jump back into Lords of the Fallen though, there are a few things you should make sure you know about.
In an effort to ensure that Lords of the Fallen is still considered one of the best soulslike games in the years to come, developer Hexworks is promising players an onslaught of updates and new features heading into the New Year. As this packed Lords of the Fallen roadmap shows, there’s several new questlines on the way, new armor sets to collect, bundles of additional spells, and more all coming before the end of 2023. While we’re still a little skeptical on whether Hexworks can actually deliver such an ambitious amount of content in just a handful of weeks, the latest Lords of the Fallen title update is a big one; it’s making 102 improvements to the game on top of some very useful changes to how your inventory will work moving forward.
As the patch notes for Lords of the Fallen update 1.1.310 explain, one of the major things you’ll notice when you next play is that your Inventory will let you pick up unique items – be that quest-related items or otherwise – even if your inventory is full. This, as Hexworks explains, “applies to keys, spells, quest items, ammo types, gestures, [and more]”.
In addition to this, moving forward, non-unique items you may want to loot will drop on the ground if your inventory is full; this means you’ll be able to go back and get them again later when you’ve made some room. There’s no information on how long this loot will last before it vanishes, but we can imagine Hexworks will give players ample time to clear their inventory as and when they need to.
If you want to make sure you have all the best Lords of the Fallen weapons to hand, this improvement will make a huge difference. It should also mean that you can prepare yourself for any one of the Lords of the Fallen bosses you might come across without worrying about running out of storage space for important items. Hexworks is also reiterating that a stash update, which should then provide players with a place to store items they want to keep outside of their active inventory, “will be available later this year”.
On top of this valuable change, which is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sheer number of changes being made in update 1.1.310, Lords of the Fallen players will be able to enjoy improved HDR settings on all platforms – offering a wider range of colors – and several crash fixes and stability upgrades throughout.
Hexworks is also improving the lighting in Manse of the Hallowed Brothers, Redcopse Village, Forsaken Fen, Pilgrim’s Perch, and Lower Calrath alongside some “enhanced ambiance transitions” in select locations. While you’re running around working on making sure you’re using one of the best Lords of the Fallen builds available, the game itself is going to look a lot better; your performance shouldn’t be affected by these changes, either – which is a plus. Although, if you’re this Lords of the Fallen player beating the game without weapons or leveling up, we can imagine you would be much more focused on dodge-rolling away from oncoming attacks than the lighting.
These improvements are, though, joined by some PvE balancing changes you’re going to want to keep in mind when you’re playing.
While the Braided Ring is going to give you +10 instead of +5, which is definitely a good thing if you’re someone who leans on summoning allies, the Umbral Eye of Loash and the Umbral Eye of Lydia the Numb Witch both have reduced wither health regain rates and the Pendant of Atrophy now also has an increased wither health cost. So, it might be worth reconsidering using those if you have them equipped at the moment. They still have their merits, but you’re going to be weaker than you were when you use them.
Oh, and stomping on drowners, hounds, and sparrows will kill them instantly now. This should make dealing with them a lot easier moving forward.
It doesn’t matter which one of the Lords of the Fallen classes you’re using, this update is going to affect everyone playing – and mostly for the better. Hexworks is also working on the ability for you to change your character’s appearance – another new feature coming “this side of the New Year”. If you’re on the fence about picking up Lords of the Fallen, now really is the perfect time to jump in; although, we would recommend checking out some of the best Xbox expansion cards and best PS5 SSDs before you do – this game isn’t the smallest one out there.