Elden Ring is an action role-playing game by FromSoftware, the developer behind the Dark Souls games.
The game is a collaborative effort between George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, and game designer, director, and writer Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the Souls series.
Martin was responsible for writing the game’s background that Miyazaki and his team used when creating their monsters, story, and environments.
The world is set in fantasy and science fiction and has many elements and themes that you would expect in a FromSoftware game.
COMBAT DIFFERENT TO DARK SOULS
Elden Ring may look similar to Dark Souls, and there are some similarities in gameplay, but Miyazaki has promised that there are some key differences.
In Elden Ring, you have more choices available when it comes to combat, meaning you no longer have to face your enemies head-on unless you want to, of course.
Instead, you can now choose to approach combat in a variety of ways, with several abilities
available, such as summoning spirits of the dead to fight alongside you.
You can choose your skills and weapons and combine them to create a unique playstyle. Skills are not exclusively attached to certain weapons like they are in Dark Souls.
There is also a magic system, and you are free to learn spells and use them alongside weapons and skills.
For Elden Ring, FromSoftware has put a heavy focus on customization, allowing you to build your character freely.
Of course, just as with Dark Souls, combat will be challenging, unforgiving, and feature some massive bosses in the form of demigods.
Oh, and for those that prefer to ride into battle, there is combat on horseback.
A GIANT WORLD TO EXPLORE
The game takes place in The Lands Between, six separate areas representing a domain of the six demigods and housing a dungeon map.
You can explore and tackle the areas and their bosses however you wish, although some parts of the map unlock later in the game.
There are plenty of things to discover when you’re exploring too, such as castles and fortresses.
The game also features a time and weather system with a full day and night cycle, which will make the open world much more immersive.
IS ELDEN RING MULTIPLAYER?
Yes. The game will support cooperative play for up to four players, and at the moment, it appears as though this will work similarly to Dark Souls, where you can summon friends to help you in an upcoming battle.
WHAT IS THE ELDEN RING RELEASE DATE?
Elden Ring is set to release January 21, 2022, and will launch for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
For those buying the game on PlayStation or Xbox, you can purchase Elden Ring for an older generation console and receive an upgrade to the newest console for free.
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