Elden Ring map decoded by fans using a little-known Chinese language

The Elden Ring map runes were deciphered by a group of fans in China, using an ancient language.

A video recently emerged from Chinese YouTube channel YYSTV, detailing how a group of Elden Ring fans managed to analyze and decode the runes on the game’s map.

In short, a group of Chinese fans realized that the runes on the map of Elden Ring are those of the Yi script, an ancient language used by the Yi ethnic group. Deciphering these runes has been no small feat, largely because only a very small percentage of the Chinese population still actively uses dialogue.

After the group reached out to another Chinese Elden Ring fan – and noted that if they couldn’t speak Yi properly, the game’s Japanese developers probably couldn’t either – the wheels finally turned. The group managed to decipher that the runes in the game were written by the card’s original owner. As you can probably imagine, markers are dotted all over the map, pointing to the intimidating Castle Stormveil, which we visited during the Elden Ring closed network test, for example.

There is also a heavy emphasis on the sea with these runes. In the North Sea, for example, runes warn the player character not to listen to the song of the sirens or else he will be drawn to his untimely demise beneath the waves. You might recall that Godfrey, previously revealed, wields a sword bearing sea-related runes. Could the ocean be a bigger factor in Elden Ring than we previously thought?

With just under a month to go until Elden Ring launches on February 25, 2022, we’ll find out if the runes really herald a great sea focus. Elden Ring is shaping up to be an exciting prospect for new players. as for FromSoftware gaming veterans, and you can head over to our Elden Ring preview to find out exactly why.

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