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Good news, everyone: it turns out Elden Ring wasn't some collective fever dream we all had a few years ago! The latest adventure from Dark Souls developer FromSoftware is very much real, and we finally have a gameplay trailer to prove it.
As you can see below, Elden Ring is looking absolutely phenomenal - a dark open-world fantasy RPG developed in collaboration with Game Of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin. It truly is a thing of beauty. As if that wasn't enough, we also learned that Elden Ring has a release date of January 21, next year. Oh yeah, it's all coming together.
As you can see above, Elden Ring is unmistakably a FromSoftware game. There are massive, terrifying monsters to defeat, a decaying world in ruin, and plenty of deadly weapons to use against formidable bosses.
There's talk of an "unending curse", the return of "the tarnished", and something called "the Golden Order" which has been broken to its "very core". Sounds like a laugh a minute. A brief snippet towards the end of the trailer also suggests that other players will once again be able to invade your game, so this should all be nice and familiar to Dark Souls fans.
The big twist is that Elden Ring looks to be a much more open game. The trailer shows off our hero riding through wide open forests and lush green fields on horseback, suggesting there'll be greater emphasis on freedom and exploration. Does that it mean it'll be slightly easier than the likes of Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro? Probably not, no.
Elden Ring will launch January 22 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series consoles, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It could be that we see more of it in publishers Bandai Namco's own E3 show, set for June 15. (Be a bit weird if we didn't, right?) Check out the details of that, and many more showcases, in our E3 2021 guide right here.
Featured Image Credit: FromSoftware, Bandai Namco Entertainment
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