It's Time We Finally See More of Elden Ring at Tomorrow's Xbox Series X Event
After nearly a year of silence following its reveal, it feels like it's time for FromSoftware and Bandai Namco to show us more of Elden Ring.
Of all the reveals that occurred last year during Microsoft’s E3 2019 presentation, FromSoftware and Bandai Namco’s latest collaboration with Elden Ring proved to be one of the most intriguing announcements in the showcase. While the latest game from the studio behind Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is surely enough to get many fans excited, Elden Ring also features a crossover with Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin which makes it all the more interesting.
However, in the nearly 12 months since Elden Ring was unveiled to the public via a CGI trailer, no substantial news on the project has come about at all. Gameplay still hasn’t been shown, a release window has yet to be divulged, and perhaps most importantly, we aren’t even sure if the project is planned to come to next-gen platforms in PS5 and Xbox Series X. In fact, news on the title has been so sparse that the initial community surrounding the game over on Reddit has basically just devolved into one big meme zone.
So when might all of these questions be answered? When will the silence surrounding Elden Ring finally break? Well, I really think tomorrow’s Inside Xbox event would be a fantastic place for the game to show back up.
We already asked you earlier today what you’d like to see appear during tomorrow’s Xbox Series X gameplay reveal event, and I’m here to tell you right now that Elden Ring is personally what I’m holding out hope to see the most. If you know me at all, you know that FromSoftware is essentially my favorite developer in the industry at this point. Despite knowing next-to-nothing about Elden Ring, it’s still one of my most-anticipated games at the moment purely because of who is making it. And if you don’t think I love FromSoftware, you can watch this dumb video of me marking out as Sekiro wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards last year.
So yeah, I want Elden Ring to show up tomorrow just because I want to see more of this game. It’s as simple as that. But even setting aside my FromSoft fanboy side for a moment, now just seems like the right time for us to start learning more about this game. Again, there are way too many unanswered questions surrounding Elden Ring for us to not definitively hear more somewhat soon (you would imagine). If the team over at Xbox is going to open up its platform to showcase third-party titles that are coming to Xbox Series X, why wouldn’t Bandai Namco and FromSoftware potentially jump at that opportunity? There should be quite a few eyes on this showcase tomorrow, after all.
Well, there are a few caveats with this whole notion. For starters, tomorrow’s Inside Xbox event is going to focus solely on games that are primarily coming to the Xbox Series X. As mentioned previously, Elden Ring isn’t confirmed to be heading to next-gen consoles just yet. It’s only said to be releasing on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And while you might think that a game of this type is a shoo-in to get ported to PS5 and Xbox Series X since the release of both new platforms are coming up so soon, well, you might be wrong there.
FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have a track record of not bringing their most recent projects to next-gen hardware near launch and we’ve seen as much at the start of this console generation. Back when Dark Souls II released in 2014, the game only came to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, despite the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One were already on the market. While the game did eventually come to these platforms in the form of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, it took a year after the original release of DS2 for this to come about. That’s not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but the point still stands.
There’s also the fact that, based on what we know now, most of the titles that are being shown off tomorrow in this edition of Inside Xbox are entirely new to the Xbox stage. How do we know this? Well, Xbox Head Phil Spencer said as much earlier today on Twitter. Considering Elden Ring appeared on Xbox’s stage last year at E3, this would seemingly eliminate the game from contention when it comes to showing up tomorrow.
However, Spencer did clarify on Twitter that there might be one game in particular that “has been on our stage before” which seems to leave the door open ever so slightly for Elden Ring. The odds definitely don’t seem to be in the game’s favor, but hey, it’s not outside the realm of possibility just yet.
OK, ok, yes AC has been on our stage before but not this one! And maybe one other game has been on our stage before but a lot of new games showing up which I find cool.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 6, 2020
Look, the bottom line is that this void of news surrounding Elden Ring has to break at some point. Even if the game doesn’t rear its head tomorrow at Inside Xbox, there’s a decent chance we should start to learn more somewhat soon. With a multitude of gaming events said to be coming up this summer, most notably with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest which is lasting from May until August, it seems pretty likely that we’ll hear about Elden Ring soon enough. That said, hearing about it sooner rather than later and getting confirmation that it will be releasing on next-gen platforms like Xbox Series X would truly be wonderful. Here’s hoping that we’re less than 24 hours away from seeing what FromSoftware has cooking up next.
Tomorrow’s Xbox Series X iteration of Inside Xbox is set to take place at 8:00am PST/11:00am EST. If anything related to Elden Ring does end up appearing, you can bet your britches that we’ll be talking about it here on DualShockers.