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Despite being seen by many as a predominately single-player experience, the Dark Souls franchise actually offers one of the most entertaining multiplayer experiences in gaming. Players can make use of special items to interact with the worlds of others, allowing them to do all kinds of cool things that range from leaving helpful hints and assisting with boss battles, to straight-up invading worlds as dark spirits and murdering other players with superior weapons. It's awesome.
Developer FromSoftware also incorporated many of these excellent PvP and co-op features into Bloodborne, although they were noticeably absent from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The good news is that it sounds like multiplayer is very much back on the menu for FromSoftware's next game: the in-development action-RPG Elden Ring.
Elden Ring, a collaboration between FromSoftware and Game Of Thrones creator George R.R Martin, has remained shrouded in mystery for a couple of years now. Aside from a very brief trailer at E3 2019, we know next to nothing about when the game will launch or what, exactly, it entails. A handful of videos leaked online recently that claim to show early footage of the project, and now a reliable leaker has come forward with more information on the game's mechanics, as well as a little more background on the leaked footage.
As reported by WCCF Tech, known leaker Omnipotent dropped some details on the ResetEra forums. According to the leaker, "PvP/online stuff is in", which is fantastic news for fans of Dark Souls. They also claimed that the character creation and starting class systems are the same that have "been used in all the Souls games up until now".
Finally, Omnipotent dispelled the more outlandish rumours that suggested the footage from earlier this week was part of an intentional leak.
"I'm going to avoid detailing how this happened, but I will say that this was neither a 'controlled' nor 'intentional' leak orchestrated by Bandai and Fromsoft to generate hype or something silly like that," they explained. "It's your usual run of the mill leak. This trailer was made by Bandai for internal use only and there's a good chance From probably wasn't even aware of it, let alone in control of it."
There's still no release date or official gameplay trailer for Elden Ring, but it's understood that the ongoing pandemic has seriously impacted the game's development. While previously expected to release at some point in 2021, it's now believed 2022 is a more realistic window.