Dark Souls fans have been anxiously awaiting more information on Elden Ring, the next big game from Souls developers FromSoftware. It was first announced two years ago at E3 2019, and has since gone completely silent. Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest scored the first gameplay trailer for the action-RPG, as well as the release date — January 21, 2022 on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

The grim fantasy world of Elden Ring has been woven by Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the popular Dark Souls series, and George R. R. Martin, the author of the unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels (adapted as the Game of Thrones series on HBO).

Elden Ring takes the challenging combat of the Souls series into a much bigger, more open world. It’s so big that the player is given a horse to traverse through plains, swamps, forests, mountains, and castles.

“With Elden Ring, we have applied all our dark fantasy and action-RPG expertise cultivated throughout the Dark Souls series, in order to create a bold, classical evolution of the genre,” said Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director, FromSoftware, “We’ve crafted a rich world with a staggering sense of scale, based off of legends written for the game by George R. R. Martin. Elden Ring is a world full of mystery and peril, ready to be explored and discovered; a drama in which various characters flaunt their own mystique and ulterior motives. We sincerely hope you enjoy experiencing it for yourself.”

Elden Ring will release on January 21, 2022. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB, but all of the Souls games are M for Mature.

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