12 November 2020 06:42
FromSoftware's Elden Ring is something of a mystery. First announced at the E3 2019 Xbox showcase as a collaboration between FromSoftware President Hidetaka Miyazaki and author George R. R. Martin, there's been basically no update since that reveal over a year ago. Still, the game definitely has gameplay, something hammered in by the fact Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has played Elden Ring. In an interview with GameSpot, Phil Spencer talked about the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, as well as different upcoming.
When the topic of the much-anticipated Elden Ring came up, Spencer stated "I've seen actually quite a bit. I've played quite a bit." While he couldn't given any real further details into the game, Spencer also said that he's played all of the games from Miyazaki over the past decade and that "...this is clearly the most ambitious game that he's done." With that reassurance that parts of the game can be played, hopefully we get to see more of Elden Ring sometime in the near future. In the meantime, if you're looking for a new FromSoftware game to play, the studio's classic Demon's Souls is being remade for the PS5. Hot on the heels of some desperate Elden Ring fans making up bosses, getting stuck, and then asking for help on Reddit ahead of the action-RPG game's arrival, Xbox head Phil Spencer has revealed he's given the title a go. Not only that, but it seems he's been really impressed with it so far.
Sadly for fans excited to sink their pearly whites into the game when it does arrive, there's very little information to lap up about the title so far. Elden Ring was announced during last year's Microsoft E3 conference with a teaser trailer (included below) confirming it's a collaboration between Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Miyazaki. Since then, we've heard that Elden Ring gameplay is just as tough as Dark Souls but combat is "fundamentally different", it's an open-world game, and the game's already been in the works for a few years (two as of E3 last year). Plus, Dark Souls 3 and Sekiro composer Yuka Kitamura is returning for Elden Ring. But, that's about it – there's no sign of an Elden Ring release date on the horizon just yet.
Oh but it is real, it's still in development, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer seems to be impressed after playing quite a bit of it. Come on, let's speculate over the table scraps, shall we? In an interview with Gamespot, Spencer talks about working with studios in Japan and Elden Ring is brought up. He can't say much about it, but he sounds quite impressed after playing "quite a bit" of it. "As somebody who's played all of Miyazaki's games, over at least the last decade, this is clearly the most ambitious game that he's done," he says. "I love his games, but seeing some of the gameplay mechanics stuff that he's tackling, he and the team are tackling this time, of the setting, working with another creator in terms of story. I love to see him challenging himself." To experience this #content, you will need to enable targeting cookies. Yes, we know. Sorry. Manage cookie settings Yes of course it's FromSoft's most ambitious game yet, I'm telling myself. It's not as if developers go on to create the next game in their signature style and say "hm, maybe we'll just hold back on this one". Since its announcement, information about Elden Ring has been nearly non-existent though. FromSoft seem to be in the heads down phase of development, not the marketing phase, but gosh dangit I sure wouldn't mind a bit of marketing at the moment. Other FromSoft fans are of a similar mind. The Elden Ring subreddit spent months after the game's announcement making up fake lore and jokes about fighting fake bosses in the absence of any concrete details from the creators. I've peeked in over there today and yup, they're plenty jealous that Spencer's gotten his hands on it—as am I. While we're in the speculative mood, Microsoft are looking to buy Japanese studios. No names have been mentioned, so there's no telling if they have their eye on FromSoftware. These sure are two interesting bits of news to float across in the same week though. Elden Ring is From Software's most ambitious game yet We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Make the most of your money by signing up to our newsletter fornow Elden Ring has been missing in action ever since it was announced by developer From Software during E3 2019. Fans of From Software games have been crying out for more information about the open-world game ever since. Developer From Software's silence coupled with a lack of gameplay footage has even led to speculation that it may have been cancelled. Fortunately, however, a high-profile figure in the gaming industry appears to have debunked such rumours. Describing Elden Ring as director Hidetaka Miyazaki's most ambitious game yet, Xbox executive Phil Spencer claims to have seen and played "quite a bit" of the upcoming release. "I've seen actually quite a bit. I've played quite a bit," Spencer told Gamespot. Hardly anyone knows anything about FromSoftware's next big project, Elden Ring. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has apparently gone hands-on with the title, though, and can't help but gush about what he's seen. According to Spencer, Dark Souls and Bloodborne Director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has yet another hit on his hands. And it may very well be his "most ambitious" project to date. During an interview with GameSpot, the Xbox boss spoke about Elden Ring briefly. While he couldn't divulge much, Spencer said he's actually seen and played "quite a bit" of the action-RPG. He then went on to tease how impressed he is by what FromSoftware is doing with gameplay and story. Spencer told GameSpot, As somebody who's played all of Miyazaki's games over at least the last decade, this is clearly the most ambitious game that he's done. I mean, I love his games, but seeing some of the gameplay mechanics stuff that he's tackling, he and the team are tackling this time, of the setting, working with another creator in terms of story. I love it. Spencer added that Elden Ring serves as an example of Miyazaki "expanding his horizons." The little that is publicly known about the project certainly seems to suggest as much. Miyazaki and the crew at FromSoftware are building the world of Elden Ring in conjunction with George R.R. Martin, the famed fantasy author behind Game of Thrones. In an interview last summer, Miyazaki himself described the RPG as the studio's "biggest title yet, in terms of sheer volume." When Elden Ring will be ready to take the spotlight again is anyone's guess. At the very least, FromSoftware fans can rest assured that production is still ongoing. Elden Ring currently lacks a due date, but is in development for the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One platforms. If and when it will make its way to next-gen hardware has yet to be specified. [Source: GameSpot]