The first Elden Ring gameplay trailer is here and it is everything we hoped for and more. The game, of course, looks very much like Dark Souls and even has the iconic bonfires of that game. I’m not sure if it’s set in the same universe, but it certainly looks to be in ways that both Bloodborne and especially Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice do not.
The trailer shows off mounts—impressively agile horses that can run up cliffsides—as well as a number of terrifying foes and armored heroes.
Here’s the dialogue that plays out over the trailer. A woman—likely whoever you speak with at the game’s “hub” area (think Firelink Shrine or Majula)—speaks words of encouragement, while an old man—likely one of the game’s chief antagonists—mocks and commands.
Woman’s voice: “The Tarnished will soon return. Guided by grace once lost. The Golden Order is broken to its core.”
Old man’s voice: “Foul Tarnished, in search of the Elden Ring. Emboldened by the Flame of Ambition. Someone must extinguish thy flame.”
Woman’s voice: “They will fight and they will die in an unending curse. For how else is a Champion or a Lord to be born?”
Old man’s voice: “Well a lowly Tarnished playing as a Lord? I command thee kneel!”
Woman’s voice: “Brandish the Elden Ring for all of us.”
Here’s the trailer:
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It’s helpful to watch the original trailer again and transcribe the narration from that as well. Here’s that dialogue:
Man’s voice: “I doubt you could even imagine it. 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.”
I’m not sure but I don’t think it’s the same man’s voice from the new trailer, but I could be wrong. What do you think?
The Elden Ring appears to be some sort of enormously powerful artifact that brought life and light to the world and was later shattered by some malevolent force. Now, the “Tarnished” (this game’s version of Hollows or Ashen) have set out to find it and use it so the world might be mended. You can see the same themes and aesthetic course through the game as those of Dark Souls, making me really start to think of this as Dark Souls 4 but with a different name rather than a Souls-adjacent title like Bloodborne or Sekiro (though Bloodborne is kind of a sequel to Demon’s Souls in some interesting ways).
We’ll know more soon, and maybe even get another glimpse at the game on June 15th when Bandai Namco is set to show off more titles.
Elden Ring comes to PC and consoles on January 21st, 2022—the perfect release date, thank you Lords of Ash and Flame, since it’s after the super busy holiday season and likely will have some room to breathe and dominate January. That also means I can forsake all other responsibilities—games, family, self-care etc.—in order to play this nonstop, with only sleep and nourishment to distract me from time to time.
I am ready. Are you?
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Here’s the full press release:
ELDEN RING will launch on January 21, 2022 for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM. The game supports the Smart Delivery on Xbox consoles as well as a Free Upgrade to PS5 for players who purchase the PS4 version.
Dive into a thrilling adventure and decide the fate of a vast world filled with intrigue and power. Fight against formidable enemies with FromSoftware’s signature melee combat and discover a wide range of inventive strategies made possible by the open-ended Action-RPG gameplay of ELDEN RING.
A new world filled with fantastic tales and lore has been woven by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential and critically acclaimed DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Players will embark on a journey across a meticulously handcrafted world dripping in blood and deception brought upon by a variety of characters with their own unique motivations for helping or hindering the player’s progress, adversaries with profound backgrounds, and fearsome creatures. Throughout their adventures, players will choose the fate of this cursed land by unravelling its secrets and myths.
Featuring a vast and seamless landscape with natural weather and time-of-day progression, players will become fully immersed in the world of ELDEN RING as they begin their journey and choose on their own path. Traverse on foot or horseback, alone or online with friends across grassy plains, suffocating swamps and lush forests. Ascend spiraling mountains, enter breathtaking castles, and witness other sites of grandeur on a scale never seen before in a FromSoftware title. ELDEN RING’s role-playing and customization options allow players to define their own unique playstyle. Experimentation is encouraged with a wide variety of weapons, magical abilities and skills found throughout the world; enticing players to follow previously unexplored progression paths.
ELDEN RING gives players the opportunity to chart their own path through its world. Choose to run headlong into fierce battles against daunting foes or take advantage of the game’s stealth and combat systems to gain the upper hand. It is up to the player to decide how to handle the many challenges that lay before them.
“With ELDEN RING, we have applied all our dark fantasy and action-RPG expertise cultivated throughout the Dark Souls series, in order 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.”
“I am very happy and excited to announce the release date of ELDEN RING, a new game created by Mr. Miyazaki and Mr. George R.R. Martin, two creators that I truly admire and have a passionate fan base around the world. I am very happy and excited to be able to tell you about it.” Added Yasuo Miyakawa, President & CEO, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “We will continue to develop ELDEN RING not only as a game but also in a variety of other areas in order to deliver the worldview and charm of this title to our fans around the world. We look forward to your continued support.”