Finally after a feverishly hyped fan base drove itself nuts, Elden Ring’s new trailer gave us a new look at the dark fantasy action role-playing game from Dark Souls developer From Software. The trailer was presented at the end of Summer Game Fest Kickoff, the livestream hosted and presented by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley, and will most definitely not put an end to months of screaming on Reddit and other fan spaces despite being set for release on January 21, 2022.
Gameplay presented in Elden Ring’s new trailer looked very familiar to fans of previous From Software offerings like Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. We’re talking intense combat and massive foes with dark grotesque designs. You appear to play The Tarnished, who according to one foe, will “never” become a Lord regardless of their pursuit of the fabled Elden Ring. One character ominously pronounces a “Golden Order” to be “broken to its core.”
And while many of these elements are similar to past From Software in matters of tone and style, Elden Ring does offer one thing that previous games have not: a horse! Or horses. You know what I mean. Hopefully that means you can ride into open conflict with your enemies and as some fans hope, explore a vast open world rather than just one forbidding mega-dungeon complex.
Elden Ring’s new trailer is the first time we’ve seen or heard anything official about the game since it was first unveiled by From Software and publisher Bandai Namco at E3 in 2019 on the Xbox stage. Said to be the studio’s “largest game to date,” it is set in a “sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history” woven from a foundation set by Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin with further crafting from Dark Souls creator and project director Hidetaka Miyazaki.
Miyazaki said that Elden Ring will be “full of things that we weren’t able to do in the Dark Souls series.” In an interview with Polygon, he added that the game will focus “more heavily on RPG elements” and “will include a wide variety of weapons, magic, and ways to engage enemies, that make it possible to provide users with a style of gameplay and strategy that suits them.”
Elden Ring launches on January 21, 2022 for Xbox One, Windows PCs and PlayStation 4. It is also set for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, but we haven’t received word on how From Software intends to approach a multi-gen release.