Is this the first footage from the game?
Since its reveal at E3 2019, FromSoftware’s Elden Ring has become a highly anticipated game. It’ll likely be a must-play for many gamers when it’s released for the PS4, PC and Xbox One. The Dark Souls developer worked with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin to create a new world, and thanks to a new leak, fans may finally be getting a glimpse of the action.
Snippets of a purported trailer first appeared on Twitter on Monday, and then a trailer was uploaded to YouTube. The video has not yet been confirmed by publisher Bandai Namco as the trailer for the upcoming game.
The footage contains a few trademarks for FromSoftware’s games. In one shot, the player’s character sneaks behind an enemy and stabs them in the back. There are two glances at magic being used in combat with one surrounding the character and then shooting out, similar to the Homing Soulmass spell in the Dark Souls games. There’s also a spell that appears to create a magic spear that’s similar to the various magic weapon spells found in the developer’s games. And it wouldn’t be a FromSoftware game without huge bosses as shown multiple times in the leaked trailer.
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The Elden Ring News YouTube channel uploaded a second part of the leaked trailer. This one doesn’t show combat like the first, but it has a bit more of the world the game takes place in. The narrators also mentioned how the player “crossed the sea of fog all the way to the Riftlands.”
Fog is another mainstay of FromSoftware’s games, with boss areas usually blocked off by a wall of fog. There also is a quick shot of three different player classes, and one has the typical wizard attire. In FromSoftware games, with the exception of Sekiro, players have starting classes to choose from that will have different stats and equipment.
Two more leaks appeared Monday and were combined with the first two to create an almost two-minute trailer. The final videos were recorded from a screen like the first two, but it appears to be a different location and there’s no audio. More of the world is shown and, again, looks very similar to FromSoftware’s Dark Souls games. Then in the final leak, a character in robes appears and seems to be the antagonist in the game.
There’s not much known about Elden Ring outside of the small bits of information released in 2019. The game’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, said that Martin created the mythos and that this would be one of the developer’s biggest games ever. Elden Ring’s initial release date was set for March, but it appears to have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, Bandai Namco also trademarked “Bandia Namco Next,” according to Nibellion on Twitter. This could be the publisher’s own showcase happening soon, which would likely prominently feature Elden Ring.
Bandai Namco didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.