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Elden Ring: the latest news, leaks, and release date rumours

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 Souls, Elden Ring is the upcoming RPG 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. Since its announcement at E3 2019, development studio FromSoftware and director Hidetaka Miyazaki have been silent on their new title Elden Ring, said to be a collaborative project with Games of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

From what that world will look like to a potential release date, here’s everything we know so far.

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The latest: leaks, leaks, leaks! 

By Tom Cameron

Well friends, it’s officially 2021 and we’re still going hollow without a copy of Elden Ring in our disc drives. The latest in the ongoing saga is that reputable Chinese source 龙崎棒棒糖 (a content creator deeply involved in the Souls franchise) has leaked some potentially true information about the game and the state it is currently in. A prominent leaker who goes by Okami has backed up the claims. 

As with any leaks, please consider this information completely unconfirmed. 

Two pieces of concept art were shared, one showing a front-on view of the red-haired warrior seen in Elden Ring’s E3 2019 trailer, and another depicting a grotesque part-snake, part-human figure. The original source also shared that the gameplay elements of Elden Ring would be more similar to Dark Souls than previous singular FromSoftware IPs Bloodborne or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which will surely appease some fans (others, not so much). 

The map is supposedly much larger than Dark Souls, and according to these leaks the game is in its polishing stages – which falls in line with comments made by Xbox’s Phil Spencer as detailed below, 

If this all turns out to be true, we may have a 2021 release on the cards after all. Praise the sun! 

Confirmation: yes, Elden Ring still exists

By Thomas Noss

As 2020 drew to a close, we scored some confirmation that the game is in a playable state. In an interview with GameSpot, Xbox head Phil Spencer stated that “I’ve seen actually quite a bit. I’ve played quite a bit.”

“As somebody who’s played all of Miyazaki’s games over at least the last decade, this is clearly the most ambitious game that he’s done. I mean, I love his games, but seeing some of the gameplay mechanics stuff that he’s tackling, he and the team are tackling this time, of the setting, working with another creator in terms of story. I love it.”

Referring to Elden Ring as Miyazaki’s most ambitious game yet is more than enough reason for fans of the Souls series to get hyped, but most of them just seem to be stoked that the game is in a playable state.

If Phil Spencer is playing it, you can almost guarantee that it’ll be available on Xbox, and that it’s in a state that’s worthy of his attention.

Spencer also took the chance to downplay concerns about the future of Halo Infinite in light of a second change of directors at 343 Industries. You can check out the entire interview  below.

This followed a tweet from FromSoftware on October 31st mentioning Elden Ring, the first official communication from the developer in a damned long time. It was enough to send fan groups (including the official Elden Ring subreddit) into a frenzy – they’re that desperate. 

Though information is still scarce, it’s reassuring to know that yes, this game exists. See you in 2023, maybe? 

Not long after this burst of info (yes, two quotes constitutes a burst of info where this game is concerned), Elden Ring was crowned Most Anticipated at The Game Awards 2020, an honour that made FromSoftware’s Marketing and Communication Manager Yasuhiro Kitao personally responded to on Twitter. 

“See you in 2021”, huh? We’ll believe it when we see it. 

Release date: tinfoil hat edition

By James He

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 little to no communication from the Japanese developers amidst the rampant pandemic, it almost seemed as if this project was hinging on the verge of being cancelled.

An Italian source eventually 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 were set in stone for 2020’s holiday period. With the two consoles out now, perhaps the arrival of Elden Ring will be sooner than expected.

Recent leaks and industry chatter seem to be pointing to a 2021 release date, yet it’s entirely possible that’s simply wishful thinking from the fanbase at large. If Elden Ring is arriving in 2021, it’ll easily be one of the year’s most anticipated games

Story

By James He

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 Ice and Fire 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.” 

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.

Whatever it may be, we can’t wait to uncover the rich storyline within the world of Elden Ring.

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Gameplay

By James He

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 yes, players will probably die countless times once again before reaping the sweet satisfaction of triumph.

The music of Elden Ring

By James He

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 over the coming months. Until then, check out the E3 announcement trailer below.