Following their work on Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware's next challenging RPG comes in the form of Elden Ring. Following a two year silence after its reveal, their latest collaboration with Bandai Namco's finally shaping up.
Game director Hidetaka Miyazaki has already nailed his colours to the mast, advising Elden Ring's made from the same mould we've come to expect for FromSoftware. This time around though, they've also teamed up with Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin.
With Elden Ring's release slowly approaching, here's everything we know so far.
Elden Ring Latest News
Elden Ring Was Designed For "All Sorts Of Players", Not Just Veterans - August 27, 2021
FromSoftware's confirmed that Elden Ring was designed with "all sorts of players" in mind. Speaking in a Eurogamer interview, Community Manager Yasuhiro Kitao discussed how they've approached Elden Ring to create a more accessible experience.
Elden Ring PC Requirements Revealed - August 10, 2021
Bandai Namco Releases New Elden Ring Lore - July 5, 2021
Bandai Namco released some new Elden Ring lore, offering a small update to the official site that detailed the Lands Between.
George R.R. Martin Finished His Work On Elden Ring "Years Ago" - June 18, 2021
Author George R.R. Martin confirmed his active involvement on Elden Ring was finished "years ago", though he's still getting updates on progress through FromSoftware. Read more here.
Elden Ring Will Have Fast Travel And A Hub World - June 14, 2021
FromSoftware developer Hidetaka Miyazaki confirmed in an interview with IGN that Elden Ring would have Fast Travel to make traveling a bit easier, along with a hub area where players can take it easy.
Summer Game Fest Reveal - June 10, 2021
In addition to the release date reveal, Bandai confirmed Elden Ring Smart Delivery is a thing, and PS4 owners will get a free upgrade to PS5.
Omnipotent Elden Ring Leak Roundup
FromSoftware leaker Omnipotent has been leaking information about the game for years and over the past few months provided a good deal of information about how Elden Ring is structured. Note that, as with any other rumor, it's best to view this information with skepticism until it's proven otherwise.
Omnipotent says Elden Ring uses a class system similar to Dark Souls and that there'll be a robust PvP element as well. The fashion system will return. It's supposedly set in medieval England or Scotland.
Another Leak - May 1
Another leak has showcased another clip from the game, this time showcasing two new environments from a leaked gameplay trailer.
More Leaks – April 6
Another month, another bundle of unsubstantiated rumours about Elden Ring. As per a 4Chan post where people are already moaning about the game being a disappointment, the game will be divided into kingdoms with day and night cycles, weather systems, and the ability to swim, dive, crouch, hide, and more. We're not convinced, but hey, run wild.
Trailer Leaks – March 1
An alleged trailer, corroborated by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, has leaked online. The off-screen footage has been shared via Twitter, and an accompanying report from VGC confirms that the game is unlikely to launch this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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When is Elden Ring's Release Date?
During Summer Games Fest, FromSoftware confirmed Elden Ring launches on January 21, 2022. That'll arrive as a full multiplatform launch simultaneously, both physically and digitally.
Elden Ring E3 2019 Announcement Trailer
Take a look at the announcement trailer just below. And for those interested, here is voiceover:
"I doubt you could even imagine it. That which commanded the skies, giving life its fullest brilliance. The Elden Ring. Shattered, by someone or something. Don't tell me you don't see it. Look up at the sky. It burns."
Elden Ring Summer Games Fest 2021 Trailer
Revealed as the surprise ending announcement for Summer Games Fest: Kickoff Live, Bandai Namco offered this new trailer after two years of silence.
What Platform is Elden Ring On?
Elden Ring is launching for PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X and PC. For PC players, here's the required hardware specifications. There's been no mention of a Switch edition and traditionally, FromSoftware's latest releases usually avoid Nintendo's console. Even though Dark Souls: Remastered came to Switch, a portable release seems unlikely.
Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Has Played Elden Ring
In an interview with Gamespot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed he's played "quite a bit" of Elden Ring. Here's a quick snippet of what Phil Spencer mentioned during the Gamespot interview:
"I've seen actually quite a bit. I've played quite a bit. As somebody who's played all of Miyazaki's games over at least the last decade, this is clearly the most ambitious game that he's done. I mean, y'know, I love his games, but seeing some of the gameplay mechanics stuff that he's tackling, he and the team are tackling this time, [seeing] the setting, working with another creator in terms of story... I love it. I love seeing him challenging himself, he's a good friend of mine, expanding his horizons, I think it's a good thing."
Elden Ring Gameplay
Elden Ring's an action-RPG, focused on combat and exploration from a third-person perspective, designed with "all sorts of players" in mind. We'll gradually explore the Lands Between, which is split into six main areas. That includes castles, fortresses, catacombs and more.
Hidetaka Miyazaki confirmed in an interview with IGN that it'll include Fast Travel to make traveling easier, alongside a hub area. We also know there'll be a heavier focus on RPG elements, alongside greater customisation focus.
One thing you can look forward to though is yet more big boss battles, which Miyazaki confirmed will be returning as the studio simply loves making them:
Boss fights are something we enjoy making and make up one of the climaxes to this title as well. We feel there is a wide variety of unique and horrifying bosses for players to look forward to.
How Is George R.R. Martin Involved?
Shortly after the game was announced FromSoftware game director Hidetaka Miyazaki gave more insight into how George R.R. Martin was involved with the game. Essentially, Martin created the game's "overarching mythos", according to Miyazaki.
This mythos proved to be full of interesting characters and drama along with a plethora of mystical and mysterious elements as well. 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.
More recently, Martin confirmed his work on Elden Ring finished "years ago", stating he's worked up a "fairly detailed background" but hasn't really been involved since then. However, he confirmed FromSoftware continued giving him development updates.
A well respected Chinese Dark Souls content creator (via Altchar) has supposedly leaked two pieces of new concept art from the game. As with any game, it's hard to take leaks as legit until FromSoftware comes out and confirm it.
However, given the leaker supposedly has ties to the studio (apparently he's visited the studio before and interviewed game director Hidetaka Miyazaki), it's worth giving it some credit, no matter how many pinches of salt you take. You can take a look at the leaked concept art, just below.