Elden Ring is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is a collaborative effort between game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and fantasy novelist George R.R Martin and is scheduled for release on the PS4 and Xbox one console along with Microsoft Windows.
Elden Ring Trailer
Elden Ring’s announcement trailer from E3 2019 remains the single largest source of information that has been released about the game. And that’s not saying much, since, like all of FromSoftware’s projects, Elden Ring’s story and setting seem somewhat obscure on purpose.
In the trailer, we see a warrior sacrifice her flesh-and-blood arm for a mechanical one and a blacksmith breaking what might be the titular Elden Ring. The Elden Ring is a powerful artifact of some kind and its destruction will apparently unleash some kind of chaos or calamity on the world. There’s an ogre, a battlefield and some ominous narration. This will all probably be a little bit clearer when the game comes out — but not completely so, if FromSoftware’s other games are anything to go by.
Elden Ring Release Date
Elden Ring was announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC when it got revealed at E3 2019, though next-gen versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X aren’t out of the question. The game has yet received an official release date; take any rumors about it without heart.
Elden Ring Multiplayer
FromSoftware hasn’t revealed any information on Elden Ring’s multiplayer capabilities — if any — yet. The Dark Souls and Bloodborne games all had small multiplayer touches, from leaving messages for other players, to summoning players for assistance in boss fights.
While fans seem convinced Elden Ring will have multiplayer options similar to Dark Souls, FromSoftware has remained silent on the matter.
Elden Ring Pre-order
You can pre-order Elden Ring at Amazon, Best Buy and similar sites. There are a few things to keep in mind, however:
First and foremost, Elden Ring does not yet have a release date, so if you pre-order the game now, you could wind up waiting quite a while to receive it. Amazon lists December 31, 2021, although this is just a placeholder date. The game could come out before the end of the year; it could come out in 2022; it could come out even later, since many game studios hit significant development setbacks last year.
There’s also the question of whether Elden Ring will come to PS5 and Xbox Series X, which seems likely. As such, you probably won’t want to pre-order the current-gen game if you have plans to buy a next-gen console. (Theoretically, the Xbox One version will get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X game through Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system, but this isn’t guaranteed for third-party games.)
Elden Ring Story
We do know a little bit about Elden Ring’s story, thanks to the announcement trailer and a few tidbits from Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game’s creator. A powerful creation called the Elden Ring has been destroyed, and the world is apparently in a very bad state as a result. Warriors will need to sacrifice pieces of themselves (literally) in order to fight the demons that have manifested as a result.
As for how much of the story is Martin’s and how much is Miyazaki’s, it’s hard to say. Miyazaki is apparently writing the story, while Martin was responsible for the setting and mechanics. From Martin’s influence, we can expect a dark setting with a lot of intrigue; from Miyazaki’s influence, we can expect odd, detached characters and a story that’s extremely open for interpretation.
Elden Ring Open-World
Unlike Dark Souls, Elden Ring will be open world, and the gameplay, combat and narrative will have to adapt to player exploration. In an interview with IGN, Miyazaki confirmed the game will not have towns or settlements, but will be traversable on horseback saying “If we would add towns on top of that, it would become a bit too much, so we decided to create an open world style game focused on what we are best at.”
Miyazaki went on to say that “Creating a new type of game is a big challenge for us,” and we can only imagine that the open world environment will shift the style of gameplay from the Souls series.
According to industry insider Jeff Grubb, Elden Ring’s rumored reveal in March is probably not happening, possibly because of the recent leak
What is Elden Ring’s Setting?
We don’t have a name for wherever Elden Ring takes place yet, nor have we really seen any evidence of the environment from the E3 trailer. It does have some seriously Norse vibes though, and given that they’ve called in the puppet master of Westeros to collaborate on the world’s lore, we think it’s safe to assume there will be a lot of grimdark Viking influences. Miyakazi has referenced castles when talking about Elden Ring’s open world, so we may be in store for a medieval fantasy setting once again.
After Elden Ring’s announcement, Miyazaki explained a bit of how GRRM was involved with the project. When they got to work, Miyazaki began by explaining his overall vision to Martin, describing “what sorts of themes, ideas, as well as many game-related aspects” he envisioned.
“This allowed us to have many free and creative conversations regarding the game,” said Miyazaki, “in which Mr. Martin later used as a base to write the overarching mythos for the game world itself.”
“This mythos proved to be full of interesting characters and drama along with a plethora of mystical and mysterious elements as well,” said Miyazaki. “It was a wonderful source of stimulus for me and the development staff. Elden Ring’s world was constructed using this mythos and stimulus as a base. Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created.”
Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s “biggest title yet in terms of sheer volume”
Miyazaki says that the world of Elden Ring will be “ripe for exploration.” He confirms that it will take place in an open world which he refers to as a large open field to play in. While Dark Souls is relatively unrestricted in how it allows you to explore, it sounds like Elden Ring will be even more so.
Despite being open world, Elden Ring is still a From-style game. Rather than villages bustling with NPCs that we may expect of a game like The Witcher 3, Elden Ring will stay away from a lively open world in favor of a grim one. “Creating a new type of game is a big challenge for us,” Miyazaki told IGN. “If we would add towns on top of that, it would become a bit too much, so we decided to create an open world style game focused on what we are best at.” He says you’ll be able to traverse Elden Ring on horseback.
Miyakazi also calls out some of the environments we may find in Elden Ring’s big open field. “Among those areas, you will also find intricately designed, multi-layered castles and such.” From his IGN interview, Miyazaki says players can expect ruins and other environments similar to FromSoftware’s past games.
What will Elden Ring’s Gameplay be Like
Yes, Elden Ring gameplay will be hard, very much like Dark Souls, we’re told to expect difficult combat and big boss fights. Although some melee has been confirmed, it sounds like the combat will draw from RPG elements and focus more on magic, unlike the recent Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Elden Ring is an entirely new mythos, co-created with George R.R. Martin, where players will be able to “design and control their own unique character”. FromSoftware’s business director reached out to Martin, as Miyazaki was a fan himself, especially of Martin’s lesser-known title Fevre Dream, a vampire novel set in 1982. In an interview with IGN, Miyazaki confirmed that Martin’s involvement was not in the writing of the main story, but in crafting the lore, and that “thanks to Martin’s lore, Elden Ring’s world and characters naturally have a lot more depth and personality”.
Who will the Protagonist be?
Unlike Sekiro, which had a named protagonist, Elden Ring moves back towards the Dark Souls formula of creating a character in traditional RPG fashion. This may mean that instead of a strictly-defined protagonist, we’ll play as a character who fits a particular role like “chosen undead” or “ashen one.”
FromSoftware’s track record suggests that there will definitely have to be a poisonous swamp. That hasn’t been confirmed at all, but it won’t stop us from trying to figure out where in Norse mythology Miyazaki might be able to squeeze in the Souls series’ favorite locale.
Dark Souls 3’s composer is working on Elden Ring
It doesn’t come as a huge surprise to hear that veteran From Software composer Yuka Kitamura is also working on Elden Ring. Kitamura was also involved in Sekiro and Dark Souls 3.
After changing her Twitter handle to her professional name (instead of her favorite Golden Sun character) a fan asked Kitamura if she’s working on Elden Ring. Good news, she is!
George R.R. Martin got involved because Miyazaki is a huge fan
While we don’t know much about the mark that G.R.R.M is going to leave on this new world, we do know even Miyazaki is excited by it. He calls himself a huge fan of Martin’s work and has been known to recommend some of Martin’s books to new employees.
“The actual collaboration itself begun with Mr. Martin ever so politely confirming what sorts of themes, ideas as well as many game-related aspects I had envisioned for the game,” Miyazaki said.
“Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created.”
Fake lore on Reddit by fans to entertain themselves
Technically this is just a bunch of things we don’t know about Elden Ring, but we’re just as hungry for information as you are. As spotted by Polygon, Redditors on the Elden Ring subreddit have been busy since the game’s announcement waiting for new information by just downright making up their own. In an impressive act of extremely meta group roleplaying, Reddit users have invented characters and bosses and areas that sound like they could absolutely be a part of a Viking-themed FromSoftware game.
They have invented Glaive Master Hodir and a slew of memes related to being beaten by him. They’ve visited the entirely fictional Serpent’s Fjord. One user confirms that there is, thank goodness, a poison swamp area.
Elden Ring Leaks
With a game that’s as anticipated by fans as Elden Ring, there is an expectation to learn as much as we can about it. It’s therefore unsurprising that there has been at least one leak that might be link to FromSoftware’s next game.
An Elden Ring trailer leak showing all but nine seconds of footage. The video has since been taken offline, but the clip shows “a figure mounted on horseback, passing through several areas in what appears to be a large open world littered with ruined structures. In one shot, the ground is covered in snow, while in another, a giant glowing tree looms on the horizon.”
This has had a potential consequence too, in that industry insider Jeff Grubb (via Nibel on Twitter) says that the rumoured reveal in March will probably not happen now thanks to the leak.
Stay tuned for the latest news on the Elden Ring game as it develops including trailers and – hopefully – an Elden Ring release date.
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