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Praise the sun! Or at least, praise FromSoftware, who confirmed early rumours from E3 that it will be bringing out a new game called Elden Ring.
In a super nerdy team-up of Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls series) and George RR Martin (Game of Thrones‘ author), Elden Ring is set to be a massive, punishing Open World experience that explores a different, darker narrative.
Fans of both series are inhumanly obsessed with lore and the history of their stories, so rumours and speculation have been pumped across the internet with wild abandon.
Read below to find out everything we know about this confusing new collaboration.
Elden Ring story – What is it about?
Truth is, we don’t know yet, but online sleuths have been trying to piece together the nuggets of information we already know.
The big detail to pull from the story is that most of the characters and history of the game have been written by fantasy specialist GRRM, who spun the tale of the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series.
We don’t know the exact details of the story yet, but we have inferred a lot of detail from the trailer, and we predict Elden Ring will take inspiration from Norse or Celtic mythology.
A lot of the imagery in the trailer, particularly a cracking man hammering away at the Elden Ring with a huge Celtic Hammer, screams of Nordic Gods.
However, Miyazaki has said that the game is about the “will, or ambition of mankind”.
We know that the game will be massive – bigger than any other FromSoftware game in terms of volume, according to Miyazaki – and that it will be open-world.
Elden Ring release date – When will it come out?
We got no official release date for Elden Ring for E3, but we can make some educated guesses as to when it will hit a console near you.
Given that FromSoftware normally releases news game in March (Dark Souls 2, 3, Bloodborne and Sekiro all came out in March) we would imagine Elden Ring will follow the same pattern.
We also expect Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to get some DLC between now and 2020, so it makes sense to give gamers a chance to play through that before leaping into a new adventure.
Once we know an exact release date though, we will let you know here, so keep this page bookmarked.
Pre-orders for Elden Ring have already launched for both Xbox One and PS4.
Elden Ring trailer – What does it look like?
Typical of all Souls-Borne games, the story is there for us to discover, rather than being straight-up told to us.
The trailer is full of strange symbolism and mystical elements. We open up on a kneeling human holding a mutilated arm before being surrounded by a ring of old, knobbled hands. The voice-over quips: “I doubt you could even imagine it.”
It only gets more confusing from here: a blacksmith hammers away at a golden object, his skin and body cracking and breaking apart with every hammer strike until it finally breaks.
We cut between this blacksmith and a corpse-filled battlefield. We see a red-haired shield maiden strapping on a golden arm to an empty socket, a giant spear being thrust into an unknown enemy, and a fiery, tusk-horned warrior bursting into flams under a red sky.
This trailer is enigmatic to say the least. Miyazaki has confirmed that Elden Ring will focus much more heavily on RPG mechanics than previous Dark Souls games, and will continue to have punishing, epic boss battles.
You will be travelling across an open world to different kingdoms, slaying their leaders to conquer the realm, a la Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You will also be travelling around on a horse, a first for the Souls series – sounds wicked.
And no, Elden Ring WILL NOT have an easy mode…