Elden Ring, the next game by prestigious Japanese developers From Software, is one of the most anticipated titles in years. From when it’s coming out to all of the trailers thus far, here’s everything you need to know.
The announcement that Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin would be collaborating sent shockwaves through the gaming industry in 2019.
Two of the biggest names in the fantasy genre combining with famed Dark Souls developers has gamers around the world anxiously awaiting any scrap of news.
While things have been relatively quiet since the unveiling, we still have plenty of information to go off. From official trailers to leaked gameplay and plenty more, we’ve compiled everything in one place.
Elden Ring release date
Elden Ring is set to release on Friday, January 21, 2022.
After years of anticipation, Elden Ring finally got a release date on June 10, 2021 during the Summer Games Fest, finally giving fans what they’ve been waiting for for what seems like forever.
Alongside an epic gameplay reveal trailer, the release date was revealed to be January 21, 2022, meaning players only have a few more months to wait to sink their teeth into it.
Elden Ring trailers & leaked gameplay
The first and only official Elden Ring footage at the time, was released at E3 in 2019. This announcement trailer was strictly cinematic, outlining the themes, visual style, and loose narrative.
Elden Ring’s leaked gameplay then spread around social media on March 1 in 2021. This footage appears to come from an outdated trailer designed for internal use only. It’s recorded in mobile quality and features watermarks across every inch of the screen. Though it provided our best look at the game up to that point.
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— Elden Ring CountDOWN (@ERCountDOWN) March 1, 2021
Through this leaked video, we’re able to see a number of stunning locations, characters, weapons, and of course, enemies. From large-scale bosses to more intimate combat on horseback, there’s plenty to take away.
The traditional Souls-like combat appears to have remained consistent, with Bloodborne style rolling thrown into the mix. Players look to be able to wield everything from your basic one-handed swords to more complex magical weapons.
During the Summer Games Fest on June 10, 2021, Bandai Namco finally revealed our first look at official Elden Ring gameplay.
This trailer gives a close-up look at some of the enemies in the game, as well as locations and fights.
Elden Ring Director interview
Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director behind Elden Ring spoke to IGN in an interview, breaking down several aspects of the trailer and touched on certain aspects of the game itself.
Elden Ring is going to function similar to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Bloodbourne, both titles that FromSoftware have release released, and these games are known for being extremely difficult at certain parts. However, Miyazaki has claimed that the game is going to be more similar to Sekiro, but will not be as difficult as this game.
Opposed to other games like Dark Souls, Elden Ring will also have a larger focus on open-world gameplay, as players will be able to create their own paths and choose what areas they want to explore. Furthermore, Miyazki talked about stealth and how players will be able to freely use this mechanic in certain situations to avoid enemies they may not want to encounter.
He stated that they wanted the game to: “Create these opportunities for players to see what lies ahead of them and below them and around them, and to assess how they’re going to confront that, or not as the case maybe”
The game will also have a custom player creater, and you will be able to summon spirits to aid you in battle, which has been a feature within the Dark Souls games for quite some time now.
Elden Ring platforms
Upon its original announcement, Elden Ring was locked in for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Since this unveiling, however, an all-new generation of console hardware has hit the market.
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It is now confirmed that Elden Ring will launch across PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
How long is Elden Ring?
Hidetaka Miyazaki also spoke to Famitsu, a Japanese website on Elden Ring, and clarified some more details around the story and how long it is.
He stated that the game is around 30 hours, but he noted that this number is going to vary from player to player, as the more side missions and exploration you end up doing, is going to increase the playtime.
What is the story of Elden Ring?
Little is known about the narrative of Elden Ring at this point in time. What we do know for certain, is that the game takes place in an entirely original universe established by George R.R. Martin. The author behind A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin reportedly laid the foundations for this new fantasy title.
Miyazaki then crafted the game’s narrative within this universe, though there’s no telling what it might entail. The Elden Ring itself appears to be an object of extraordinary power. Our journey through the core storyline could have us tracking down the ring, based on dialogue from the leaked trailer.
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As with most of From Software’s titles, it’s likely the key details will be kept under wraps so that players can discover everything in their own time.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as any new information on Elden Ring comes to light in the near future.