Elden Ring DLC: Rumors, The Colosseum & everything we know

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The first Elden Ring DLC was a free PvP update, but we suspect more is coming. 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 always meant that the probability of DLC was high. The game has various unused assets already built in, and the DLC rumors are flying. The free Colosseum update heralded the next phase of Elden Ring, and now fans are wondering what future 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, but there are trends that can inform us.

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There are 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, FromSoft/Bandai Namco’s track record, and what’s been announced so far.

Of course, as we’re discussing late and post-game content, spoilers will be lurking for those who’ve not completed Elden Ring.


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Players will finally get to enter the Colosseum.

 

Does the Elden Ring DLC have a release date?

Yes, the first Elden Ring DLC, the free Colosseum Update, will arrive on December 7, 2022.

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As expected, this will be a multiplayer-focused DLC allowing players to battle in one-on-one duals or as part of a three-Tarnished team while pitted against another three players. 

The trailer also prominently features a group of three Tarnished exploring the world together, so it’s possible that the update changes co-op gameplay. However, this is unconfirmed.

We imagine that the Colosseum Update is simply the first DLC and that a more story-driven expansion will release at some point in 2023.

Elden Ring DLC rumors & leaks

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.

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As originally reported by VGC, Twitter user Sekiro Dubi points out that since the game’s 1.07 update, dataminers have found “new Colosseum map files, assets, textures” – suggesting that the big unused areas are intended for use in any upcoming DLC.

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.

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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.

On December 6, 2022, the Colosseum leak was proved to be correct, with the free update launching on December 7, 2022. 

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Players will be able to battle in teams of 3 in the Colosseum.

New bosses leak

Sekirodubi has also found more clues hidden in the code of Elden Ring’s last patch.

This time the update contains references to new items and hairstyles, but also up to 30 new bosses. Up to 16 new/NPC or enemy characters referred to as “Someone Yet Unseen” have also been spotted by the committed dataminer.

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Finally, Sekirodubi has identified more evidence of a PvP DLC with the word “Colosseum” now appearing in the game code. It’s starting to look like even if the Elden Ring DLC doesn’t offer a PvP mode/boss challenge, we’ll still be visiting that large circular structure at some point.

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Could this large arena feature PvP DLC?

Elden Dreams

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.

Extended endings

The DLC of Bandai Namco’s last two games with FromSoftware, Dark Souls, DS 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, which 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.

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Miquella still slumbers inside his egg at the end of Elden Ring. Likely turning into something powerful and grotesque.

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, but he’s also going to have grudge against the Tarnished once he realizes what’s happened.

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Elden Ring players can now battle in the Colosseum.

Story Expansion

Elden Ring won the Game of the Year at the GOTY Awards. In his acceptance speech, Miyazaki said that “As for Elden Ring, we have several more things we want to do.”

This means there’s likely more DLC on the way after the Colosseum update and is likely to be a more substantial and story-driven expansion – like the ones for Dark Souls were.

Miyazaki’s comments also imply that there could be more than one upcoming DLC for Elden Ring. Twitter user SekiroDubi, who accurately predicted the Colosseum DLC has also referenced something called m20, suggesting that this is likely to be the second – and first proper expansion to Elden Ring that is currently in development.

Barbarians of the Badlands

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 after Godfrey/Horah Loux ‘lost his grace’ and was stripped of his title as first Elden Lord.

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Godfrey after adopting his god persona.

It’s 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.

Ray tracing and new areas

Elden Ring’s 1.07 update is now live and the community’s dataminers have uncovered some rather interesting things that are likely coming to the game soon.

The first thing of note is that FromSoft appears to be upgrading the game’s visuals to include ray tracing. Nothing official has been confirmed by the developers so far, but according to Souls guru Lance McDonald, dataminer sennoutantei has discovered “menu strings related to ray tracing features” in the code of the update.

Perhaps even more exciting is that the update also includes “references to two new maps that do not yet otherwise exist in the game data.” While we don’t know what these areas will be or look like, this is almost certainly From preparing the game for upcoming DLC.

Two new areas could offer a clue into the number of DLCs coming to Elden Ring, or they could all be part of the same expansion. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more.


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