Elder Ring is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin collaborated with the game, and He provided the material for the game’s setting. The developers plan to release it on February 25, 2022, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Elden Ring is an action role-playing game played in a third-person perspective with gameplay focusing on combat and exploration. Director Hidetaka Miyazaki explained that players start with a linear opening. However, it will eventually progress to freely explore the Lands Between. It includes its six main areas and castles, fortresses, and catacombs scattered throughout the vast open-world map. There is a central hub that connects these main areas. Players can access this later in the game’s progression, using it as a fast travel system. Throughout the game, players will encounter non-player characters (NPCs) and enemies alike, including the demigods. They rule each main area and will serve as the game’s main bosses.
The Elder Ring takes place in the realm of the Lands Between. It was once graced by the Ring and the Erdtree, which symbolizes its presence. The realm is now ruled over by the demigod offspring of Queen Marika the Eternal. Each possesses a shard of the Ring that corrupts and taints them with power. As a Tarnished—exiles from the Lands Between who lost the Ring’s grace—summoned back after the Shattering, players must traverse the realm to ultimately find all the Great Runes, restore the Elden Ring, and become the Elden Lord.
Elden Ring’s gameplay has a massive area of the open-world map. Therefore, the map splits into six main zones filled with underground dungeons, many bosses, and countless secrets. Elden Ring is not the FromSoftware’s most enormous game world yet, but also its most dynamic thanks to a day-and-night cycle and expanded environment variety. You can also summon your mount at any point to get around quickly, attack from horseback, or scale great heights in a single jump, and the return of the jump button ought to make traversal even more enjoyable.
Elden Ring expands on FromSoftware’s action combat system considerably. The tried-and-true stamina-based melee action is back, but it’s also supported by more varied ranged and magic combat, over 100 skills that aren’t tied to specific weapons anymore, and more stealth options like knocking out and insta-killing unsuspecting enemies. With stealth kills, guard breaks, and finishing moves straight out of Sekiro’s playbook, not to mention some wild magic, Elden Ring is looking like the greatest hits of FromSoftware’s many action RPGs.
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