And for those who want to summon, invade and win jackpots of souls and humanity like in the good old days, all the game's other multiplayer offerings remain intact and available. Throw down a summon sign, and you can help others fight bosses or fend off invaders. Join the right Covenant, and you can invade other players endlessly, laying ambushes and preying on the weak (if that's your thing).

That said, these multiplayer methods are still finicky. Summoning often fails, and it can be difficult to connect with other players. There's still no easy way to connect with friends. It does currently seem slightly easier to connect with people, though it's unclear at this point whether that's simply due to the influx of new players around launch time.