Check out all the details on Elden Ring, the upcoming action-RPG made in collaboration by From Software and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.
After the E3 2019 reveal of Elden Ring, nothing was virtually revealed about the game in 2020. We knew that the RPG was coming, but FromSoftware didn't show anything, not even a piece of concept art. But thankfully, Elden Ring reemerged in 2021, and although it's not going to be released this year, expect it to arrive in early 2022.
The new trailer is loaded with a lot of brand new gameplay footage, and it's clear that Elden Ring is a Souls-style game.
Here's everything you need to know about Elden Ring, including its release date, trailer, gameplay details, and more.
Elden Ring Release Date: When will this epic RPG be released?
Elden Ring is scheduled to release on January 21, 2022. Fans have been anticipating for the release of Elden Ring since E3 2019, and now, we finally have a release date that's only months away.
Thankfully, its development doesn't seem to take as much time as George R.R. Martin's writing pace for the next A Song of Ice and Fire book, The Winds of Winter.
Elden Ring Trailer: Watch epic gameplay footage of Elden Ring
Watch the first Elden Ring gameplay trailer that premiered at the Summer Game Fest event hosted by Geoff Keighley, right before the rest of E3 2021.
The three-minute trailer reveals a lot of action-packed gameplay footage with familiar Souls-style art design and action. It looks like the game will feature a lot of the series staples as well, such as giant bosses, backstabs, and bonfires. There are also some new things like mounted horse combat.
Elden Ring 2019 Trailer & Initial Description
Bandai Namco and FromSoftware released an announcement trailer for Elden Ring in 2019, and it teased the game's dark atmoshphere but it didn't show any hard details.
"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."
According to FromSoftware CEO (and game director) Hedetaka Miyazaki, Elder Ring will have an open world "ripe for exploration", but we expect the RPG to have a lot of gameplay elements similar to the Souls games. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin collaborated with the game developers to create the lore and world for Elder Ring.
Elden Ring World: What is the setting of Elden Ring?
Following the announcement of Elder Ring, Miyazaki explained how GRRM was involved with the game. Miyazaki described what he envisioned to Martin.
"This allowed us to have many free and creative conversations regarding the game," Miyazaki said, "in which Mr. Martin later used as a base to write the overarching mythos for the game world itself."
"This mythos proved to be full of interesting characters and drama along with a plethora of mystical and mysterious elements as well," Miyazaki explained. "It was a wonderful source of stimulus for me and the development staff. Elden Ring's world was constructed using this mythos and stimulus as a base. Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created."
Elden Ring Gameplay Details: What gameplay details have been revealed so far?
Elden Ring is an open world action RPG but unlike The Witcher 3, there won't be a lot of NPCs roaming around its world.
"Creating a new type of game is a big challenge for us," Miyazaki told IGN. "If we would add towns on top of that, it would become a bit too much, so we decided to create an open world style game focused on what we are best at." He says you'll be able to traverse Elden Ring on horseback."
As the gameplay trailer revealed, Elden Ring looks faster than the original Dark Souls game.
Unlike Sekiro, which featured a named protagonist, Elden Ring will let you customize your hero in traditional RPG fashion.
Recently, we learned that Elden Ring has a stealth system as well as a weather/time system. Instead of hollow, you're considered "Tarnished", and that there are characters "with their own unique motivations for helping or hindering the player's progress."
Elden Ring will also have multiplayer, with players seemingly appearing as blue shades similar to Dark Souls.
According to Bandai Namco, Elden Ring is an RPG "with a wide variety of weapons, magical abilities and skills found throughout the world".
Elden Ring Soundtrack: Who's composing the music?
Unsurprisingly, veteran FromSoftware composer Yuka Kitamura, who was involved in Sekiro and Dark Souls 3, confirmed that she's working on the soundtrack for Elden Ring.
veteran From Software composer Yuka Kitamura is also working on Elden Ring. Kitamura was also involved in Sekiro and Dark Souls 3.
After changing her Twitter handle to her professional name (instead of her favorite Golden Sun character) a fan asked Kitamura if she's working on Elden Ring. Good news, she is!