It finally happened: we now have an Elden Ring release date. Previously announced at the Microsoft E3 conference a few years ago, Elden Ring has been confirmed for Xbox One and Windows PC and will be produced by Bandai Namco, and developed by Hidetaka Miyazaki’s studio, FromSoftware.
With the Dark Souls and Sekiro director at the helm, we already know we’re in for mystery, nightmarish boss designs, and a whole lot of dying. The announcement trailer gives off some very Dark Souls vibes, and although Miyazaki confirms that Elden Ring gameplay is heavily based on the Souls series, combat will play out very differently due to the “open and vast environment”.
Keeping things FromSoft, Elden Ring is also a third person open-world dark fantasy RPG, but what’s new is that it features a collaboration with Game of Thrones writer and author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin. We’re anticipating plenty more in terms of storytelling than we’re used to from Miyazaki, without sacrificing any of the rich, lore-soaked environment and boss designs we know and love from the Souls games. Elden Ring will also feature music from Dark Souls 3 and Sekiro composer Yuka Kitamura.