Elden Ring was one of the most exciting announcements at E3 2019, and it was heavily rumoured beforehand. The next game from the enormously talented team at From Software is always something to be excited about, but when is the Elden Ring release date?
We've put together everything we know about Elden Ring, from the team working on it, when we expect it to come out, what type of game it will be, and the connection to Game of Thrones - oh, and the cryptic Elden Ring trailer of course. Check it all out below.
Elden Ring release date
The biggest question is, of course, when will Elden Ring release? Unfortunately, this particular info is unavailable to us at this time. While Elden Ring has been revealed and talked about, no information regarding its actual release date has been given out - not even a vague '2020' or '2021'. Since From Software's last game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice only just released, it's entirely possible we won't get Elden Ring for a while. However, as the trailer claims it's coming to PS4 and Xbox One, it may still release in 2020 prior to the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett launch dates.
Elden Ring developer
As mentioned, Elden Ring is the next game from From Software. The Japanese developer's been around for a good few years, but in recent times it's most famous for creating Demon's Souls and the trilogy that succeeded it - Dark Souls. It also created Bloodborne and this year's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - and are generally the masters of the Souls-like 'hardcore action-RPG' genre.
Elden Ring Game of Thrones connection
The big news is that Elden Ring isn't just the brainchild of From Souls and Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, it's also a collaboration between them and Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin. According to Miyazaki, Martin created the game's "overarching mythos".
"This mythos proved to be full of interesting characters and drama along with a plethora of mystical and mysterious elements as well. 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."
What type of game is Elden Ring?
In the same interview, Miyasaki confirms that the game is a "third-person action RPG". Unsurprisingly, as From Software has been doing this style for a while now, it will be a Souls-like game - however, with some differences. "Unlike Sekiro, which has a heavy focus on action, Elden Ring puts more focus on RPG elements", he says, which includes, "a wide variety of weapons, magic, and ways to engage enemies, that make it possible to provide users with a style of gameplay and strategy that suits them." There will be one major difference from previous From Software games however...
Is Elden Ring open world?
Speaking with IGN, Miyasaki confirms that Elden Ring will feature a bigger and more ambitious world than anything From has attempted - and will be open-world - far more so than the 'inter-connected' pathways of Dark Souls. "While the narrow and complex dungeons of our previous games were indeed interconnected, Elden Ring’s environments will be much more open and vast,” said Miyazaki. “The more extensive world will form the base of Elden Ring’s gameplay, and its mechanics are designed with that type of environment in mind."
Players will be able to explore the world and even fight on horseback, similar to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Nevertheless, there won't be actual towns or villages filled with NPCs to explore.
"Villages will be the dark dungeon-like ruins that you have come to expect from us. Creating a more open game is a big challenge for us. If we were to 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."