Friday, June 11, 2021
Following the long-awaited reveal of Elden Ring at Summer Game Fest yesterday, publisher Bandai Namco has released new details about FromSoftware's latest game, including details about the game's world, and confirmation of multiplayer.
The game is set in a new fantasy world called the Lands Between, created in collaboration by Dark Souls's creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. Elden Ring's environments will feature “fantastical landscapes” and “shadowy, complex dungeons”, which will be connected “seamlessly” in an open world on a scale bigger than any previous FromSoftware title.
Some of the environments you can expect to visit include grassy plains, spiralling mountains, foreboding castles, and, of course, “suffocating swamps”. Miyazaki loves a swamp.
Bandai Namco has also confirmed that the game will feature online multiplayer, although the details are sparse, with the press release simply stating that you can “traverse the breathtaking world on foot or on horseback, alone or online with other players.”
Elden Ring will also include a character creator, and a wide variety of weapons, magical abilities, and skills which can help define your playstyle. Whether you choose to pick off enemies one-by-one using stealth, or call allies in for aid, you'll have plenty of options when approaching combat.
“With Elden Ring, we have applied all our dark fantasy and action-RPG expertise cultivated throughout the Dark Souls series, in order to create a bold, classical evolution of the genre,” said Elden Ring Game Director Hidetaka Miyazaki. “We've crafted a rich world with a staggering sense of scale, based off of legends written for the game by George R. R. Martin. Elden Ring is a world full of mystery and peril, ready to be explored and discovered; a drama in which various characters flaunt their own mystique and ulterior motives. We sincerely hope you enjoy experiencing it for yourself.”
If you need a refresher, make sure to check out the new Elden Ring trailer down below. Elden Ring launches on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on 21st January 2022.
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