There’s No Shame In It
The first major update for Aeterna Noctis is adding a new game mode designed to be more accessible, but don’t fret, the original game mode isn’t going anywhere.
Aeternum Game Studios made the decision to add the new mode to the Metroidvania title after listening to community feedback. There are now two game modes, Aeterna which is essentially the game’s easy mode, and Noctis which is the game’s original mode. Aeterna mode promises to have much more of an emphasis on action and exploration with redesigned levels to lessen the difficulty curve.
Boss fights will also be less challenging in Aeterna mode and will have significantly less HP. You’ll be able to switch between the two game modes at any time, meaning if you’re struggling with the game’s Noctis mode, you can switch to the easier Aeterna mode without losing any progress. It also means that you can switch over to Noctis mode if you end up wanting more of a challenge. The new update also brings with it a number of quality of life improvements, bug fixes, and more thrones have been added to the map following player feedback.
Aeterna Noctis is also getting a collectors edition which is expected to launch in March and includes a steelbook version of the game for PlayStation 5 and a premium designed collector’s box designed exclusively for the console. There’s also an art book with more than 224 pages, two postcards and, three discs of the original soundtrack.