Just so we aren’t digging through the FromSoftware Thread for pertinent information and communication for finding each other in game, I thought I would make a separate thread.
Note that the poll groups together Playstation consoles, Xbox consoles, and PC, as Elden Ring has been confirmed to feature cross generation play, and while nothing definitive has been stated with regards to cross platform play and so there’s a possibility it could change, it’s unlikely that the game will launch with full cross platform support.
Respond to the poll to let others around here know what platform you’ll be playing on, and I suppose we’ll also agree upon a Group Password. If you don’t know what that is, the gist of it is that everyone using that same Group Password will have the online interactions of the people using the password, like summon signs, messages, and bloodstains, be prioritized to be shown to you, and even be visually distinct from general online interactions. Unlike similar systems from past From Soft games, this will not by default also filter out other online interactions. Even if you intend to play totally solo and intend to turn off all other online interactions, set a Group Password! There is no downsides to having one enabled.
Our Insert Credit God, Alex @Jaffe, cursed us by saying that our Group Password should be “Donkey Milk,” and so I’ve cut it down in what I think is the funniest way to get it to fit into the 8 character limit:
However I am not sure how many characters a Group Password can be. It’s at least 6 alphanumeric characters. I also can’t figure out how to squash Donkey Milk into 6 characters. DNKMLK? DKYMLK? It simply does not work. So, for now, that’s the password, subject to change once we figure out how many characters a Group Password can be.
EDIT: I did some sleuthing in an Elden Ring discord server associated with one of the Elden Ring subreddits, which happened to have dedicated channels for people participating in the Closed Network Test. It seems some boneheads in there decided upon a 9 character Group Password before obsessively overthinking it like a smart person like me would, and only once the test was underway were people pointing out that the password didn’t fit into the entry field. They then changed it to an 8 character password, which seemed to cause no further problems.
Also I’m sorry but I literally have not actually figured out what the XBoxes are called, I’m making a stupid joke about it as usual but I just cannot keep it stuck to my consciousness.