• Alberto Mezzalira

Elden Ring will launch on 21st January 2022 for PC and Consoles

After being announced during E3 2019, Elden Ring, the hugely-anticipated collaboration between Dark Souls developer FromSoftware, creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin was finally presented yesterday during the Summer Games Fest.

You can have a look at the official trailer here:

Let’s take a closer look at the features presented here; thanks to the game’s website, which shows further information, we know players can even ride a horse when exploring the map and play alone or online (up to 4 players).

"The Tarnished will soon return, guided by grace once lost," says a mysterious voice in the trailer. "The Golden Order is broken to its core." We see shots of exploration on horseback across a huge, dark fantasy landscape, filled with frightening creatures.

"The Golden Order has been broken," repeats a blurb on the Elden Ring website. "Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between. In the Lands Between ruled by Queen Marika the Eternal, the Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree, has been shattered. Marika's offspring, demigods all, claimed the shards of the Elden Ring known as the Great Runes and the mad taint of their newfound strength triggered a war: The Shattering. A war that meant abandonment by the Greater Will and now the guidance of grace will be brought to the Tarnished who were spurned by the grace of gold and exiled from the Lands Between. Ye dead who yet live, your grace long lost, follow the path to the Lands Between beyond the foggy sea to stand before the Elden Ring. And become the Elden Lord."

The setting looks like a mix of Demon Souls and Dark Souls with high towers and huge castles, but also rotten swamps and corrupted caves. As mentioned above, the exploration of these huge areas will be possible on foot or by riding a horse, which is summoned using a runic stone.

About the combat system, we still don’t know much but there will be many weapons, magical abilities, and skills found throughout the world; stealth mechanics are available in this game, as we have already seen in Sekiro; players will also free to approach each battle as they like, in fact, we can read on the website that players can "Charge into battle, pick off enemies one-by-one using stealth, or even call upon allies for aid. Many options are at your disposal as you decide how to approach exploration and combat."

This is pretty much all we could figure out looking at the presentation trailer but we will probably see more gameplay details during the Bandai Namco E3 showcase, which will start at 10.25 BST.

Are you super excited for this new game by From Software? What do you think about the collaboration between Miyazaki and Martin? We’d love to hear from you!