Elden Ring Will Feature a Seamless Open World and Online Multiplayer

Elden Ring Will Feature a Seamless Open World and Online Multiplayer

Matt Lorrigan

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.

  • I am so hyped for this. Give me 1000 soulsy games over this current cartoony shit that seem to be all thats getting made..
  • Deany, baby, I love Souls games as much as the next chap but that comment is just silly.

    There's been an overwhelming influx of grim, grey, dark, 'mature' games for literally years now. You can hardly move for the serious gritty toned games.

    A splash of colour in a few games is hardly them all being cartoony.
  • So why are people freaking out about this game? It doesn’t look like nothing I haven’t seen before. Graphically still doesn’t look “next gen” either, voice acting is terrible IMO as well.

    Mediocre at best. I’d play if it was free.
  • @Yourburnstar - It's a new game following an incredibly popular series (and spinoffs) from a well beloved developer.

    It's a trailer out at E3 for a game announced a long while ago, that's been in development for years, was fully in-game, had gameplay AND a release date. It knocked it out of the park as far as trailer drops go.

    If it's not to your taste that's fair enough, but it's pretty obvious why people are going nuts for it. They've been clamouring for more FROM goodness for years.

    Graphically, I'd say in general art direction >>> graphical fidelity which the trailer delivered in spades, but again fair enough if it's a turn off for you. It is however a game developed for Xbox One and PS4 as well which something worth bearing in mind.

    FROM's output are rarely graphical showcases but they're pretty inspired artistically.
  • @Dervius appreciate the well thought out response, most people have lost the ability to communicate with one another and choose rather to just attack those who may see things differently than them. Pretty refreshing so thanks for that.

    But yeah maybe I’ve just been out of the loop with this game or something cause it’s literally the first time I’ve even seen or heard about it lol

    I also never really got into the dark souls franchise, not sure if this is anything like that or not but maybe that’s another reason why I’m just kinda not excited by it like everyone else
  • @Yourburnstar - FROM are an interesting developer, the Souls series has shipped something like 35 million copies altogether, so there's definitely some broader appeal but the core fanbase is seriously keen.

    Dark Souls 3 released about 5 years ago, and this is looking like an open world successor to the dark medieval fantasy ARPG crown. It was first announced aaaages ago where they said GRRM of GoT fame would be involved and there's been almost 0 press presence since.

    It's no wonder you haven't heard of it if you didn;t see the trailer at the time. It bridges niche and mainstream appeal, and has had almost nothing in the press for years but it's also why people are going nuts about this out-of-the-blue gameplay reveal.

    It definitely has some heavy Dark Souls influences, at least on the surface, so if you didn't dig it before might not be much here for you either.

    I recommend Sekiro (FROM game, like souls but mechanically different) to just about everyone though, it's really something special
  • The collaboration is interesting but I didn't jizz in my shorts after seeing the trailer like everybody. Looks alright but I'll probably end up passing on it.
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