Elden Ring is the long-awaited game from developer Dark Souls FromSoftware, created in collaboration with Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin.
If you’ve ever been in the Souls series, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you’re into. The lengthy gameplay trailer that debuted at Summer Game Fest, followed by new action videos, suggests Elden Ring has the potential to be one of the most detailed and expansive dark fantasy games we’ve seen in a while.
With the names of Hidetaka Miyazaki and GRR Martin, creator of Dark Souls on the project, existing FromSoft fans will undoubtedly be on board, while Martin fans without experience with the series may be tempted to indulge in it. We’ve rounded up all the new habits to keep you up to date with the latest Elden Ring news, so read on for more details.
Elden Ring latest news (Updated Feb 22)
Elden Ring’s latest trailer
A day after Elden Ring released, a new over six-minute-long trailer gave us a good overview of what to expect from Elden Ring.
There are a lot of Dark Souls in the Elden Ring, but the open world gives the impression of a fresh experience. As in the fast-paced combat, which looks like a mixture of Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne.
Elden ring release date
Elden Ring will be released for PC (via Steam), PS4, Xbox One, PS5 and Xbox Series X | S on February 25, 2022. Originally, Elden Ring was supposed to release on January 21, 2022, but Bandai Namco has delayed the game to give it a little extra polish.
Bandai Namco also confirmed that Elden Ring supports Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X | S, plus a free PS5 upgrade for players who purchase the PS4 version of the game. Given the state of PS5 restocking, with Xbox Series X restocks facing similar difficulties, a free upgrade is a good move from the publisher.
Elden Ring Multiplayer
It’s official: Elden Ring will offer online multiplayer co-op for up to four players, with Bandai Namco assuring you can “cross on foot or on horseback, alone or online with friends through grassy plains, gorges and lush forests.”
The trailer appears to show characters summoned in a similar vein to the Souls series, with the press release adding, “Charge into battle, capture enemies one by one using stealth, or even enlist the help of allies.”
We don’t know if there’s a PvP component with invasions and the like, but hopefully the publisher will explain the multiplayer aspect of the game as it drops more details.
A recent set of screenshots posted to Twitter by the Elder Ring account showed some multiplayer stuff. The most eye-catching shot consists of three players dealing with a giant robot.
It’s still unclear how often such encounters will occur in the game, but it looks like cute collaborations will play a part in Elden Ring.
Pre-order Elden Ring
You can pre-order the Elden Ring from Amazon, Best Buy, and similar sites. PS4 and Xbox One versions are available now, but PS5 and Xbox Series X versions are yet to be released at the time of writing.
Of course, as mentioned above, the PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade will be free for players who purchase the last generation versions of the game, so if you don’t want to wait to place your pre-order, you can go ahead and order without worrying about whether you’ll have to buy a second copy of the game. .
Elden Ring story
The Elden Ring website is now live and has been updated with a big teaser summarizing the game’s plot. Admittedly, it still seems a bit vague, and there are plenty of references to things thrown in here that mean squatting with no additional context, but that’s par for the course with FromSoft’s titles:
The golden system has been broken.
“Rise, slander, and be guided by grace to wave the power of the Elden Ring and become the Elden Master in the lands in between.
In the lands between Queen Marica’s eternal rule, the Seal of Elden, the wellspring of Erdtree, is broken.
“Marica’s descendants, all demigods, claimed the shards of the Elden Ring known as the Great Runes, and the insane contamination of their newfound power provoked a war: shattering. A war that meant abandoning the Great Will.”
“And now the guidance of grace will be given to the wretched who have been despised by the grace of gold and banished from the lands in between. To stand before the Elden Ring.
“And the Lord will become fat.”
Director Hidetaka Miyazaki adds, “With Elden Ring, we have applied all of our expertise in the dark fantasy and action RPG that originated throughout the Dark Souls series, in order to create a bold and classic evolution of the genre.
“We have created a world rich with an incredible sense of scale, based on the legends written for the game by George RR Martin. Elden Ring is a world full of mystery and danger, ready to be explored and discovered; a drama in which different characters flaunt their charms and ulterior motives. We sincerely hope you enjoy experiencing it for yourself.”
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Elden Ring is set to be “FromSoftware’s biggest game to date” with “smoothly connected mystical and intricate dungeons.” In addition to what appears to be an open world large enough to warrant roaming on horseback, you can expect to explore “grassy plains, choking swamps, soaring mountains, ominous castles, and other sites of greatness on a scale never before seen in FromSoftware’s title” and you can do it on foot. On foot or on horseback, alone or online with other players.”
However, there won’t be any cities that offer dungeons and exploreable relics instead. This should come as no surprise to any longtime Souls fan, as these games don’t have dedicated cities either; Just one safe “hub” area, where non-player characters gather after you recruit them into the world.
You’ll be able to create your own character and “define your playstyle by trying out a variety of weapons, magical abilities, and skills found all over the world.”
When it comes to making your way through the world, “there are many options at your disposal as you decide how to approach exploration and combat.” So you can choose to be a lone wolf in disguise, a gang of four that goes into blazing guns, and everything in between.
Elden Ring will also feature dynamic weather, as well as day and night cycles that don’t depend on specific in-game events, but just tick along no matter what you’re up to. When it comes to NPCs, who have always been interesting characters in other studio games, Elden Ring boasts “enemies with deep backgrounds” who all have their “unique motives to help or hinder your progress.”
Expect Elden Ring to not be an easy game, offering tough but insurmountable combat. This might revive the whole debate about the difficulty of the game and the lack of an easy mode, but our own Tony Polanco wants to put this debate to bed.
It’s not just extreme difficulty that is known from software games. Soulsborne games are also known for their character creation tools, which usually allow for crafting weird looking avatars. Elden Ring seems to be no different in this department.
An unfinished version of the character creator from Elden Ring has been leaked online, via VGC, and while the original YouTube video showing character creation systems has been removed, there are still plenty of images (like the one above) circulating online. We’re looking forward to building our oddly proportioned champion next month.