There''s bound to be a ton of content that will eventually be cut from the final release in a game as the game''s initial build is completed, thus the asset files for the cut content will still appear in the backend code, but not in the playable game itself. And that, kids, is the most fundamental fundamental introduction to datamining.
One of the most recent datamine finds in Elden Ring''s code suggests that the game might have had a faction system similar to Dark Souls'' Covenants (thanks, PC Gamer). Some messages, according to dataminer and content creator StrayKurtis, are in the same font and style as the "Enemy Felled" messages you get after beating a boss.
Only in this case, the messages reference rank advancements in the various factions, eg. "Bloody Finger Rank Advanced." Similar messages were also found for the Hunter, Recusant, Dualist, and Furled Finger. "There are several unused text popups related to the various internet interactions, according to StrayKurtis, implying that they weren''t too sure of these texts.
One of the Elden Ring community heroes is the one known as Let Me Solo Her. Tarnished is unable to take down Malenia rather than take her down. What''s more, the player defeats her with dual katanas, without taking a hit, and wearing nothing but a pot on their head. They have long been at it for so long, since they recently live streamed the 1000th time they defeated Malenia.
Let Me Solo Her has become so popular that even Bandai Namco has caught wind of their heroic actions. At the end of the previously mentioned stream, they stated that Bandai Namco had in touch with them and will giving them a "special gift." We don''t yet know what the gift will be yet a scale model of their character.