FromSoftware’s much-anticipated Elden Ring re-emerged today as part of Summer Game Fest 2021. A new gameplay trailer showed the world that players would explore both on foot and on horseback. Another gameplay mechanic shown is Classic Summons, which allows players to draw friendly blue sprites from other players to help them navigate the dangers ahead.
In supplementary material, publisher Bandai Namco confirmed that Elden Ring supports four-player co-op play. Players can “… travel on foot or on horseback, alone or with friends online through grasslands, suffocating marshes and lush forests.”
It is currently unclear whether the game supports PvP (player versus player) attacks as in previous games. Assault and co-op were both staples of previous FromSoftware games like the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne, however, the studio’s 2019 title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice abandoned both of these mechanics for an entirely single-player experience.
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Coming next year, pending without any delay
In addition to new gameplay footage, Bandai Namco and FromSoftware have confirmed a January 21, 2022 release date for Elden Ring. If there was no delay, fans would be able to enjoy the game in just seven months.
Elden Ring is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, PS5 and PS4. The game supports Smart Delivery on the Xbox platform, as well as free upgrades to the PlayStation system.
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