You’re gont need to watch that Elden Ring movie in slow-mo to catch everything
Geoff Keighley shut out the Summer Game Fest 2021 Kickoff flow the way we all wanted: using a totally on-brand gameplay preview for Elden Ring. It’s packed.
Elden Ring will release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on January 21, 2022. I will probably need until about then to pick apart all the details in this footage.
I’m sure the game will have its own intricacies and build everything From Software has heard from the Dark Souls series, to say nothing of this GRRM collab, but at a glance, this looks like More of That — which is exactly what I wanted from Elden Ring.
The trailer shows a great deal of familiar-looking locations, a few freaky new armor-clad foes and bosses, and surprisingly agile horseback combat. We’ve fought plenty of fire-breathing FromSoft dragons but maybe not having a double-jumping steed!
According to Bandai Namco, if you receive the PS4 or Xbox One version, you will have the ability to update to PS5 or Xbox Series X/S for free. The publisher also confirmed multiplayer support and a Steam version for PC players, and noted that the world includes a”seamless landscape with natural weather and time-of-day progression.”
As Chris put it in Slack following the Summer Game Fest flow,”if you showed the Elden Ring trailer to someone in a room they’d think it’s Dark Souls 4.”
After such a long-waited show , I feel like I can go into E3 care-free now.
I also need to provide a nod to the lore, that can be dark-fantasy bonkers in the best way. Ahem:
The Golden Order was broken.
Rise, Tarnished, and be directed by elegance to brandish the energy of this Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between.
In the Lands Between dominated by Queen Marika that the Eternal, the Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree, has been shattered.
Marika’s offspring, demigods all, maintained the shards of the Elden Ring known as the Great Runes, along with the mad taint of their newfound power triggered a war: The Shattering. A war that meant abandonment by the Greater Will.
And now the advice of grace is going to be brought to the Tarnished that were spurned by the grace of gold and exiled from the Lands Between. Ye dead who yet live, your grace long lost, follow the route into the Lands Between beyond the foggy sea to stand ahead of the Elden Ring.
And become the Elden Lord.