Elden Ring is one of the gaming's most anticipated upcoming games. Offering a godly partnership between George R.R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game is set to hit shelves in a matter of months following a surprise showcase at this year's Summer Game Fest.
And it seems like the FromSoftware production is evolving the Dark Souls formula players have been previously accustomed to.
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Several journalists were recently given a 16-minute gameplay demo for the forthcoming game, showcasing a host of gameplay specifics which have been plucked from the previews. Polygon notes some of these features, those of which are very different to the Dark Souls series.
Players, who will be called Tarnished in-game, can now access an in-game map and place markers on specific regions, branching FromSoftware into the realm of open-world productions. These features will juxtapose well with the game's previously confirmed travel hub and fast travel elements.
Meanwhile, Tarnished will explore a host of unique environments including dungeons, forests, castles, cities, and swampy lands. Players will test their might against FromSoftware's most diverse catalogue of enemies yet:
There are big, majestic ashen dragons and armored knights. There are bizarre enemies, some with a dozen arms in which to wield weapons, some with snakelike bodies. In one fight, an oversized falcon with swords affixed to its talons pecked and sliced at the player, while also throwing powder kegs at him.
While more emphasis will be placed on platforming. Proving a step-up from Sekiro, Tarnished can approach a situation stealthy or swords-blazing, while sneaking around silently through leaping and jumping around terrains or head towards foes head-on.
Just like every other FromSoftware production, the game will be hard. When encountering creatures, Tarnished will need to dash, disrupt enemy stances, apply critical hits and so forth. A wide range of combat techniques can be acquired like arrows, potions, and even a horse-like creature to assist in dire situations.
Tarnished also has access to a skill tree but, these abilities are not directly tied to weapons, marking a change from Dark Souls 3. Elden Ring looks like FromSoftware's biggest and most ambitious game yet, and fans can explore this world on January 21st, 2022 across PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.