|a game by||FromSoftware|
|Platforms:||XBox One, PC|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||4.8/10 - 10 votes|
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|See also:||RPGs, Hardcore Games, Action Adventure Games, Dark Souls-like Games|
It is completely undeniable that probably one of the biggest and most influential names in the video game history of recent years is Hidetaka Miyazaki. The director of the Souls series has had an amazing influence in modern gaming, setting new standards for toughness in games, and influencing so many developers. But Elden Ring is his latest and possibly one of the most interesting titles of his career so far.
What’s Elden Ring?
So far not much is confirmed about this new title, but its development started after the final DLC for Dark Souls 3 was done. However, it seems to be aiming in a slightly different direction from what we’ve seen in the past FromSoftware games. While it once again will be a third-person action RPG, it will focus more on its RPG element, while maintaining the action mechanics.
Of course, Miyazaki went out of his way to remind us not to worry about not having the difficulty we’re so used to having in FromSoftware games present here. In fact, Miyazaki mentioned that there will be even more weapons, magic, and different ways to face the challenges than even in Dark Souls games.
There’s still the character customization very present in the game, and it will play an important role in your gameplay. These changes you can make to your character far exceed the aesthetic limits, and deeply affect your gameplay experience.
What makes it special?
It may be a completely new game, but some customs are hard to get rid of. It is new and completely original, but it's still based on dark fantasy, and a very similar aesthetic to the Souls series and Bloodborne, more so than Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. But the underlying, deep theme that the game centers on is the human will, and mostly the human ambition, and its consequences.
Miyazaki has mentioned that the designs are unique and very original and that this will be a darker fantasy world from what we've seen before. There are unique and terrifying bosses all over the world in Elder Ring.
Another thing that makes Elder Ring special is that it is a collaboration game, this time it isn't just up to Miyazaki and his amazingly creative team. writer George R.R. Martin has collaborated in the creation of the world and building rich lore and mythology for the game. This seems to be aiming at a more clear presentation of the plot, story and lore of the game than what we usually get in Dark Souls too.
Miyazaki mentioned that he’s a fan of Martin’s work, and doubted he would accept working on a collaboration for a new game. Especially thanks to the 1982 vampire fantasy work Fevre Dream, written by George R.R. Martin. So there may be some cool vampires in Elden Ring too, yet this is still unclear.
We are still waiting for some more news on the game, but we already have some great things to look forward to in this game. We are yet to see a bad Miyazaki/Souls game, so Elden Ring is probably a safe bet too. If you’re looking to continue the struggle of the FromSoftware games, then Elden Ring is possibly your next favorite game.
- It’s directed by Miyazaki
- It’s developed by the Souls team
- George R.R. Martin is deeply involved in the story-writing of this game
- It’s set to be a darker game, more similar to Souls games than Sekiro
- It’s an action RPG with more focus on the RPG part