Even though we have a release date for Elden Ring, gameplay to look at, and tons of details, it still doesn't feel real, does it? Don't worry, it absolutely is, as store listings for the game have begun to surface, packed with some tasty new details and a few tantalising screenshots.
Both Steam and the PlayStation Store have put the game up, although it's not available to pre-order as of yet. While the Xbox page isn't live yet, we expect it will be soon and will contain the same details.
As for what's new, the key features shed some light on multiplayer, the game's story, and more. Online play is perhaps the biggest news, as it's confirmed that players can connect and travel together, along with "a asynchronous online element that allows you to feel the presence of others". The narrative is also said to be "a multi-layered story told in fragments", so we may have something a bit more cohesive than Dark Souls.
• A Vast World Full of Excitement
A vast world where open fields with a variety of situations and huge dungeons with complex and three-dimensional designs are seamlessly connected. As you explore, the joy of discovering unknown and overwhelming threats await you, leading to a high sense of accomplishment.
• Create your Own Character
In addition to customizing the appearance of your character, you can freely combine the weapons, armour, and magic that you equip. You can develop your character according to your play style, such as increasing your muscle strength to become a strong warrior, or mastering magic.
• An Epic Drama Born from a Myth
A multilayered story told in fragments. An epic drama in which the various thoughts of the characters intersect in the Lands Between.
• Unique Online Play that Loosely Connects You to Others
In addition to multiplayer, where you can directly connect with other players and travel together, the game supports a unique asynchronous online element that allows you to feel the presence of others.
Buried within the Steam page is also a few screenshots, which differ from the gallery we shared earlier this year. As always, it looks gorgeous and bonkers in all the right ways, with some truly visceral sights and grotesque beasties.
Elden Ring is expected to launch on January 20, 2022... hopefully. With so many delays taking place, we wouldn't be surprised if it gets nudged back, but it certainly sounds like next year is the time many of us have been waiting for.
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