“This allowed us to have many free and creative conversations regarding the game, in which Mr. Martin later used as a base to write the overarching mythos for the game world itself.” What is Elden Ring about?
In a collaborative mashup that feels perhaps even more dangerous than combining Disney and Final Fantasy to make Kingdom Hearts, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin collaborated with Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki to make a brand-new fantasy action game. It’s called Elden Ring.
Originally announced in June 2019 during an Xbox E3 showcase, Elden Ring is a title we still don’t know much about. But many fans are that a July 2020 digital Xbox presentation might include more details.
In May 2019, George R.R. Martin teased via his that he “consulted on a video game out of Japan,” leading many to believe that it was this with FromSoftware. Those guesses turned out to be correct since the game was revealed at E3 2019.
In an interview with , Miyazaki described the game as “classic dark fantasy title” with themes that focus on “the will, or ambition of mankind.” He also described the nature of his collaboration with Martin, who created the mythos at the backdrop of this new world.
“The actual collaboration itself begun with Mr. Martin ever so politely confirming what sorts of themes, ideas as well as many game-related aspects I had envisioned for the game,” Miyazaki said. “This allowed us to have many free and creative conversations regarding the game, in which Mr. Martin later used as a base to write the overarching mythos for the game world itself.”
What is Elden Ring about? What is the Elden Ring? Will it be anything like previous Soulsborne games? And when can we expect Elden Ring to be released?
Here’s all of that and more.
Is there a trailer for Elden Ring?
Elden Ring was officially revealed on June 9, 2019 during Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference with an initial teaser trailer that looks exciting but also very confusing. (Watch it above.)
“I doubt you could even imagine it!” a voice says. “That which commanded the stars, giving life its fullest brilliance: The Elden Ring. Oh Elden Ring … shattered, by someone or something. Don’t tell me you don’t see it. Look up at the sky; It burns!” (It sort of becomes clear that the first being with the hammer shatters the Elden Ring.)
In the midst of this voiceover, we also see an armored, red-haired female warrior who attaches a metal right arm to her torso. Another, seemingly different warrior wearing armor attacks a massive enemy we don’t get a good look at. Later, there’s a massive red-haired ogre that burns on a battlefield — and then a white-haired woman with a staff that collapses.
None of this makes much sense at all given the nonexistent context, but it seems like the Elden Ring had magical powers of creation. Its destruction must have plunged the world into chaos, and these various types of warriors may hint at the kind of customization we can expect from the game.
When is the Elden Ring release date?
At one point in time, the was that Elden Ring was slated for release in June 2020, but since that window has come and gone, that was clearly false. So when? FromSoftware has not announced an official release date for Elden Ring yet, but a release date before the end of 2020 does seem possible.
A June 2020 report from explains how publisher Bandai Namco has faced a series of issues in trying to get Elden Ring trademarked. A June 2019 application was rejected by the USPTO in February 2020 because of what appears to be a clerical error of some kind. To oversimplify a complex legal trademark fiasco: Bandai Namco has until early December 2020 to make Elden Ring available for pre-order or risk losing the trademark altogether — or the company can file for an extension. Again, a 2020 release seems possible, but Bamco needs to get this sorted sooner rather than later so the game can be marketed effectively.
In a 2019 interview with , Miyazaki confirmed that Elden Ring has been in development since at least 2017, overlapping with Sekiro for a long stretch, which is further evidence that development is probably nearing completion by now.
It is worth noting that every major FromSoftware game since Dark Souls II has been released in the month of March. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, for instance, was unveiled at E3 2018 in June and then released nine months later in March 2019. Elden Ring isn’t following a similar promotion and release cycle after its reveal during the Xbox E3 2019 showcase, because more than a year later, there’s barely been any news at all about the game.
At this point, a March 2021 release date feels most likely, but given the fact that this is an unprecedented time where development may have been interrupted in some way by the ongoing pandemic, anything seems possible.