The recently popular noot noot meme perfectly encapsulates what a playthrough of Elden Ring feels like. One can picture it playing when Malenia pulls off her bullshit Waterfowl Dance attack, or when Radahn comes crashing down like a meteor. Of course, Mozart's iconic and haunting Lacrimosa fits right in with the nightmares created by FromSoftware.
It's no surprise then, that the cartoon penguin has found its way into Elden Ring. As spotted by VG247, an iceberg-sized Pingu has been introduced to the game, all with its own health bar and Mozart's composition playing in the background, in reference to the meme. Unfortunately, you won't be able to see this for yourself, as it's not a mod. It's actually a video created via Unity by Ubisoft developer, Adrian Mendez.
The video reveals a giant Pingu erupting from the ground, in front of the player. Its scale, size, music, and soulless eyes give off the same feeling as a Souls boss. The slow wind up of its flipper catches you off-guard, as it unleashes a quick three-hit combo, slamming the player to the ground and depleting their health. There's no dodging second and third attack if you're hit by the first, so it's essentially a one-shot – typical FromSoft sadism.
Mendez's Twitter feed is filled with such concept videos, many of them using popular games like Genshin Impact, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, along with original work to show off their talent.
Coming back to Elden Ring, it appears that the senseless lyrics in the game's music could actually be inspired by creator Hidetaka Miyazaki's childhood. “In his childhood, Miyazaki used to read books beyond his comprehension. He only understood half of the words and had to fill in the story gaps with his imagination,” revealed Magister Organi, the Latin student who previously confirmed that the music is gibberish.
“In his childhood, Miyazaki used to read books beyond his comprehension. He only understood half of the words and had to fill in the story gaps with his imagination,” they explained. “That's why Miyazaki didn't make a point of including Latin lyrics in all Elden Ring songs… Miyazaki wants us to use our imagination to fill in the gaps he intentionally left.”
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