Today, during Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live event, a new in-depth look at the long-awaited Elden Ring was premiered. The fairly substantial trailer was used as the endcap to the Summer Game Fest event and gave eager fans a release date of January 21, 2022, to top it all off.
Elden Ring was first announced during E3 2019. It quickly caught the attention of players as it is the latest title from acclaimed development studio FromSoftware, best known for the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
On top of that Elden Ring is being developed in partnership with Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin. Alongside studio director Hidetaka Miyazaki, Martin has helped craft the narrative and lore of Elden Ring.
“With Elden Ring, we have applied all our dark fantasy and action-RPG expertise cultivated throughout the Dark Souls series, to create a bold, classical evolution of the genre,” commented Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director at FromSoftware, “We’ve crafted a rich world with a staggering sense of scale, based off of legends written for the game by George R. R. Martin. Elden Ring is a world full of mystery and peril, ready to be explored and discovered; a drama in which various characters flaunt their own mystique and ulterior motives. We sincerely hope you enjoy experiencing it for yourself.”
Elden Ring will feature the unique art style FromSoftware has adopted as their own based on the trailer. As expected, the narrative ties driving the player forward are still shrouded in mystery. Publisher Bandai Namco has said Elden Ring will be an “open-ended Action RPG.”
As with other FromSoftware titles, players will explore vivid environments and take on otherworldly enemies, some more haunting than others. FromSoftware has touted the scope of the game, stating it will feature “a vast and seamless landscape with natural weather and time-of-day progression.” In the trailer, the player’s avatar can be seen calling upon and hiding a steed to traverse the world around them. The backdrop of Elden Ring spans mountains, swamps, castles, and lush forests.
Closing out the trailer, Elden Ring was then given its January 22 release date, surprising most viewers. It was also revealed that the game will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Later, Bandai Namco confirmed that Elden Ring will support Smart Delivery on Xbox and that a free PlayStation 5 upgrade will be provided to those who purchase on PlayStation 4.