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Elden Ring: everything you need to know about FromSoftware’s upcoming RPG

Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and fantasy writer George R. R. Martin unite for Elden Ring, the ultimate dark fantasy RPG.

The lovechild between Game of Thrones and Dark SoulsElden Ring is the upcoming role-playing game developed by FromSoftware in collaboration with bestselling author George R. R. Martin.

A natural continuation to the Dark Souls series, Elden Ring had definitely chosen a suitable writer for its epic, dark fantasy setting. From what that world will look like to a potential release date, here’s everything we know so far.

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Release Date

There has been very little detail pointing towards the release date of Elden Ring since the game’s single development update at E3 2019. With no communication from the Japanese developers and the rampant pandemic, it almost seemed as if this project was hinging on the verge of being cancelled.

An Italian source hinted us towards the contrary, saying the game was well into development and set for release in 2021 (without a setback yet). The leaker, who claimed to be working on the Italian translation of the game, mentioned that history could “repeat itself”. This has been speculated to be a nod towards the release of Dark Souls 2 which was released following a next-generation console. This theory is highly plausible, given how the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are set in stone for 2020’s holiday period. With the two consoles set for release towards the end of this year, perhaps the arrival of Elden Ring will be sooner than expected.

Story

The collaboration between FromSoftware and George R. R. Martin has delighted both Dark Souls and Game of Thrones fans. This wouldn’t be the first time FromSoftware has drawn inspiration from dark fantasy stories, with fans of the series noting that Berserk had a huge influence upon the world of Dark Souls. With an overwhelming resemblance to the popular Japanese dark fantasy manga since their first game, it is hard to believe that Elden Ring would deviate from this tradition.

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It’s no surprise that the writer of A Song of Fire and Ice was chosen to work on this. The announcement trailer’s voice-over captures the dark fantasy atmosphere of both sides in this collaboration.

“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.” 

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Overwhelming dragons, massive legions, hordes of the undead, and a hero to face them all. Overthrowing common themes within most RPGs (such as the hustle and bustle of numerous NPCS), this game is committed towards preserving the dark fantasy setting. We can’t wait to uncover the rich storyline within the world of Elden Ring.

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Gameplay

With very little details revealed as of yet, gameplay notes have been hard to come across. What we can assume is that Elden Ring will play off the systems established across Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and hopefully reinvent them while providing plenty of new pieces of action for players to sink their teeth into.

We can assume that the combat system fundamentals will be reminiscent of the Dark Souls series – it’s hard to see them throwing away the well-polished system they have created over the years.

Elden Ring will reportedly include horseback riding which is a first for FromSoftware but a staple in fantasy RPGs. We have also been promised intricate environments to explore with multiple layers in floor design, (one can only hope they’re as good as Lothric castle).

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As for the boss fights, Dark Souls fans can already expect it. FromSoftware’s Miyazaki states, “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.” So in other words, players will probably die countless times once again before reaping the sweet satisfaction of triumph.

Music

The revered Yuka Kitamura will be working on the music composition on Elden Ring. The critically acclaimed BGM in FromSoftware’s previous works has been confirmed after her response towards a fan on Twitter.

Stay tuned for more updates – many fans expect a hint of news to be dropped at 2020’s Tokyo Game Show. Until then, check out the E3 announcement trailer below.