Six months after the release of Elden Ring, players are still asking for more, and the question of a possible DLC for From Software’s hit is on everyone’s lips, despite the absence of any official announcement. Thus, the writing of the JV allows you to make a small point about a potential additional content to return to Entre-Terre.
- Why a DLC for Elden Ring?
- Rumors, noises from the hallway, but…
- The most serious leads for an Elden Ring DLC
- Other projects for From Software and Elden Ring rather than a DLC?
Why a DLC for Elden Ring?
First of all, let’s start from the beginning: why are the rumors of an Elden Ring DLC so important? To understand it, it is enough just to turn to the previous games from its developer. When we take a closer look, we quickly discover that From Software is a studio that is used to creating additional content for its productions. With the exception of Demon’s Souls, the first of the Souls formula, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a truly special episode, they are all entitled to their DLC: Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Bloodborne, Dark Souls III…
And since Elden Ring is undoubtedly the studio’s biggest hit, players imagined it would get a similar treatment, despite the lack of official announcements. In addition to that, it also makes sense from a purely financial point of view to make DLC for Elden Ring. With more than 13 million copies sold worldwide, at least according to the latest news, there are just as many potential buyers for additional content. Thus, it is always safer to bet on a title with incredible success, rather than launching a brand new license that is expensive and probably won’t work.
Rumors, noises from the hallway, but…
Now that we’ve said all that, what do we really know about a potential Elden Ring DLC? First of all, remember thatno official announcement has been made either from Bandai Namco, the game’s publisher, or from From Software, the developers, to this effect. Still, we can see some clues here and there. In an interview with Japanese media outlet 4gamer, Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of Elden Ring and president of From Software, said that updates were planned for the game to fix certain issues and rebalance the experience. Thus, the last update was implemented earlier this month, August 9 to be precise. However, it is difficult to understand behind this formula a convoluted confirmation that the title will receive a DLC.
So in July you must have seen circulating on social networks an image claiming to be a leak of future Bandai Namco releases for fiscal year 2023. A super edition for Dragon Ball FighterZ, a new Tales of called “Tales of Ascension” and sequels like Tekken 8, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 3, Code Vein 2 or Little Nightmares 3… We really find everything in this panel, with even a bonus DLC for Elden Ring titled “Barbarians of the Badlands”. Make no mistake though, this illustration is hardly believable for many reasons.
First of all, these are only suites of pre-existing licenses, and nothing new is on the horizon, which is surprising for a big publisher like Bandai Namco. There are also deviations like Little Nightmares 3, which is simply impossible since the studio in charge of the license, Tarsier Studios, has been bought by the Embracer Group and the series has been put on hold. Finally, this so-called schedule is way too busy for a company as big as Bandai Namco, who would tend to spread all these releases out over several years instead of condensing everything into a few months. A leak very little credible therefore, which seems much more inflated from fake.
The most serious leads for an Elden Ring DLC
After all, it’s by looking in the game itself that the trail of a DLC seems credible. Indeed, on the one hand, while walking in Entre-Terre, we notice that there are many colosseums in the four corners of the map that are unused. Thanks to various techniques and exploitation of bugs, some players have managed to enter these arenas, something impossible while playing normally, and inside we realize that the landscape is finished, just like in all the other explorable areas of the game. a gigantic job of creating an open world, the areas where the player should not go are not done with precision by the developers in order not to waste time and focus on more essential things. . However, if these colosseums are thus finished, this is perhaps a clue that lets us imagine that they will play an important role in a potential DLC, which for example would be oriented PVP, that is, the confrontation in multiplayer.
So, if you’ve played Elden Ring, you know how rich its story is and that it’s full of elements that will be exciting to discover as a player. On one side, we could see the return of the dragons, as we see when we feel ourselves in their city, Farum Azula, which is then completely destroyed. However, the latter ruled the underworld before the arrival of the Supreme Will and Marika. Thus, we could explore the continent’s past, which seems rich in events, while the player really has the impression of landing after the battle given everything that has taken place to arrive at the current situation.
Finally, the last number is something that has puzzled players for a while. If you have completed the game, you must have noticed that in the center of the map is a cloud surrounded by the entire explorable land surface of the underworld. Something even more surprising, we observe that the divine towers, buildings used to activate the great runes that are recovered with each victory against a boss, form a perfect hexagon around this cloud. Thus, if it is possible that this cloud is just an illustration on the map that does not represent anything concrete, it is also reasonable to imagine that it is a zone specially planned for additional content. These are the three main theories currently circulating in the Elden Ring community.
Other projects for From Software and Elden Ring rather than a DLC?
If Elden Ring has not announced any DLC, it is also because the From Software teams are busy working on other games. So still in the same interview given to 4gamer, Hidetaka Miyazaki said that a project is in the final stages of development. According to many rumors, it would be a new episode of Armored Core, a saga where the player controls a giant robot. But that’s not all, because other games are also in production and are being developed by teams that he does not directly lead. After all, the chairman of From Software is working on a still-mysterious project that might as well come under Elden Ring as from any other license.
But what if the future of the Elden Ring wasn’t through video games…but through another form of media? This is what we can read through the lines of the press release from Bandai Namco, the publisher of the title, published to announce the twelve million copies of the game sold worldwide. At some point we will discover it the Japanese company induces “that Elden Ring will grow as an intellectual property, hoping to see it expand beyond the realm of the game“.
Obviously we are talking about derivative products here and if we can expect things like a board game like Dark Souls and if Elden Ring was the subject of more ambitious projects such as a film or series? With the number of video game sagas that have been eligible for a big or small screen adaptation in recent times, it would be pretty unsurprising to see the hit from From Software receive similar treatment. This is all the more so since author George RR Martin participated in the creation of the title’s story and that many of his novels have been adapted for television, Game of Thrones obviously in the lead.
In any case, we’ll just have to wait for official information to know where From Software, Miyazaki and Bandai Namco intend to do for the future of Elden Ring.