Elden Ring DLC seems likely, but what will our next trip to the Lands Between look like? Here’s everything we know.
The huge commercial and critical success of Elden Ring means the probability of DLC is high. The game has various unused assets already built-in, and the DLC rumors are flying. The question is though, what will Elden Ring DLC look like? Also, how many expansions will there be? Previous FromSoftware games have all taken a very different approach when it comes to downloadable content.
There’s also the Elden Ring endings to consider. Will the game be set after you become (or reject becoming) Elden Lord? Or could the DLC offer new endings to unlock, or simply exist independently of them like some previous Souls expansions have? Here’s everything we know about Elden Ring DLC based on rumors, leaks, and FromSoft/Bandai Namco’s track records.
Of course, as we’re discussing late and post-game content, spoilers will be lurking for those who’ve not completed Elden Ring.
- Does the Elden Ring DLC have a release date?
- Elden Ring DLC rumors & leaks
- Barbarians of the Badlands
No, not yet. While we know the Elden Ring ‘franchise’ will continue, the devs have not given us any information about potential DLC as of yet.
However, the game’s impressive sales numbers and overwhelmingly positive reception mean future content is almost certainly in the pipeline. We may not know when it’s coming, but past FromSoftware / Bandai Namco collaborations could give us an indication.
The last Souls game produced by both companies was Dark Souls 3 which released in April 2016. That game’s first DLC, the Ashes of Ariandel, was released in October 2016. The second and final DLC, The Ringed City, released in March 2017.
This could mean that Elden Ring may have two DLC packs, one releasing 6-7 months after the main game, and another 6 months later. If the devs do something similar to what they did with Dark Souls 3, then Elden Ring DLC could arrive around Fall 2022.
There has been speculation that Elden Ring’s first DLC will be a PvP-focused expansion, possibly set in the colosseum in Caelid. In the base game, this is guarded by a Giant Pot Warrior who’ll reward you with a talisman if you can defeat 3 NPC dualists in front of him. The huge structure behind him looks significant, but there’s no way to gain access to it in Elden Ring yet.
Such a location would make the perfect setting for a PvP-focused DLC. PvP boss fights in Souls games are a much-loved feature, this is when another player is summoned to control/be the boss instead of a standard AI encounter. Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls 3 all featured such a boss battle, however, Elden Ring strangely omitted this feature.
It’s worth pointing out that Dark Souls 3 only added a PvP boss battle in its second and final DLC, therefore, one appearing in Elden Ring DLC is also highly possible.
As first reported by Eurogamer, dataminer Lance McDonald has discovered that Elden Ring once contained items and quests that involved exploring the dreams of certain NPCs. While the content was cut from the main game, it could be being saved for the eventual DLC.
In the cut content, an NPC called Monk Jiko asks the Tarnished to bring him something called Dream Mist. To get it, the player needs to invade the NPC’s dreams. This offers lots of creative possibilities and will allow players to fight literal nightmares, on top of all the other horrors that lurk in the Lands Between.
The DLC of Bandai Namco’s last two games with FromSoftware, Dark Souls 2 and 3, featured DLC that extended the ending of the base game. However, it did so without contradicting or changing any ending the player had already unlocked.
The Three Crowns DLC in Dark Souls 2 allowed the player to complete an additional quest, once all 3 DLC packs had been completed, that unlocked a new ending. This one essentially gave the player a third option, on top of linking or rejecting the fire.
Those who completed both Dark Souls 3 DLC packs were treated to a complimentary ending, one which sat alongside any other ending the player had unlocked by playing the base game.
This one essentially offered the characters a way to escape the dying world by entering a painted world. It will be interesting to see how the Elden Ring DLC impacts the game’s various endings or the world we explore.
Elden Ring DLC bosses
Even if you hunt down every Shardbearer in Elden Ring, there’s one demigod that escapes your round of deicide. That is Miquella the Unalloyed, who’s still safely slumbering inside his egg when the credits roll.
Miquella is Malenia’s twin brother and is said to be the most powerful demigod in Elden Ring. So, if this is the case, why don’t we ever fight him? One answer is that we can obtain his shard of the Elden Ring by killing his captor and half-brother Mohg the Lord of Blood, so there’s no need to bother with him. Even Gideon Ofnir tells us to leave Miquella in peace, but was this short-sighted?
FromSoftware doesn’t do anything by accident when it comes to Souls bosses, therefore we suspect Miquella’s absence is by design. Let’s not forget, the demigod is slumbering in his egg to become powerful enough to fix his family, especially his sister, who he aims to cure of her scarlet rot.
He’s unlikely to be best pleased when he wakes up to find that a new Elden Lord has risen and slaughtered his whole family – including Malenia. This perfectly positions Miquella to be the big bad of any Elden Ring DLC. Not only is he growing in power, he’s going to have grudge against the Tarnished once he realizes what’s happened.
A leak has claimed to reveal the first Elden Ring DLC including a new location, the Badlands.
Elden Ring DLC is considered more of a when than an if, but if a new leak is to be believed, we’ll soon be taking a trip out of the Lands Between and into the Badlands ‘beyond the fog.’
The leak was revealed by Twitter user @hy_plus, who shared an image full of upcoming game content with ‘Elden Ring: Barbarians of the Badlands’ listed among them. As for the validity of the leak, the account did follow up with another tweet which (roughly) translates to saying “That picture actually spread the unreliable news that was circulating in China, so I deleted it first”.
Elden Ring players will remember the Badlands as a region outside of the Lands Between, and as the place where the Tarnished were exiled once Godfrey/Horah Loux ‘lost his grace’ and was stripped of his title as first Elden Lord.
Its also worth pointing out that Horah Loux was king of the badlands before he married Queen Marika, goddess of the Lands Between. He then became her consort and general of her armies, changing his name to Godfrey.
Most of the Tarnished – including Godfrey – died in the Badlands, but were resurrected in Elden Ring’s prologue and returned to the Lands Between to inherit the mantle of Elden Lord, beginning the events of the game.
Elden Ring DLC set in the Badlands could be set before or after the events of the game and could give us more of an insight into the history of the Tarnished. It would also add a new land to explore and, as you’d expect, many more bosses.
Of course, take this all with a pinch of salt as the leak is unconfirmed by FromSoftware and Bandai Namco.
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