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Elden Ring gameplay revealed, launching January 2022

By Jack Taylor – 12 June 2021

Elden Ring, the highly anticipated fantasy epic from FromSoftware, has its first trailer and a January release date.

Revealed at the climax of the Summer Game Fest launch show, Elden Ring is an epic fantasy action RPG title from FromSoftware and Hidetaka Miyazaki - both of Dark Souls fame - and George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire. After being announced at E3 2019, it's finally had its first gameplay reveal - and even has a firm release date.

Elden Ring takes place in a sprawling world filled with creatures and tales, features extensive role-playing and customisation options alongside many weapons and magical skills, and is of a scale "never seen before in a FromSoftware title" according to publisher Bandai Namco.

Elden Ring launches for systems including PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on 21 January 2022.

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 spiralling 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."

Elden Ring

Published by Bandai Namco
Developed by From Software