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News video games 22 February 2024, 05:08

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Elden Ring Director Talks Chances of Sequel or Second DLC

FromSoftware has no plans for Elden Ring after the release of Shadow of the Erdtree for the time being, but Hidetaka Miyazaki is not diverting further development of the brand.

Source: FromSoftware / Bandai Namco.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is shaping up to be a massive expansion, offering base game fans plenty of hours of fun. However, some players are wondering if this is the only DLC that this game will receive.

Hidetaka Miyazaki himself spoke on the matter. The director of Elden Ring stated that FromSoftware studio has no plans for another DLC or sequel to the game, but the developer isn't ruling out further development of the franchise.

In an interview with IGN, the FromSoftware boss confirmed that Shadow of the Erdtree will bring a brand new map to the game, following the studio's tradition, with an area comparable to Limgrave from the base game and accessible through the location shown in the trailer. However, Miyazaki was reluctant to disclose too many details about the new locations or the opponents present in them.

During the discussion, it was also asked whether the expansion will mark the end of the game, or if there is a possibility of another DLC or a sequel. Miyazaki stated that the studio has no plans in this regard, but he doesn't want to completely rule out further development of Elden Ring - in case "more ideas emerge:"

We don't want to say this is the end of the Elden Ring saga for now. I think we said a similar thing at the end [of development] of Dark Souls 3. We didn't want to flatten those possibilities or put a pin in them just at that time. And it's a similar story with Elden Ring. We don't want to discourage the possibilities [of further development of Elden Ring] for that. There might be more ideas in the future.

We don't have any current plans to make a second DLC or a sequel, but we definitely don't want to snuff out that possibility. We think that there could well be something the future.

Elden Ring is chasing the Dark Souls series

Shadow of the Erdtree seems to be the culmination of Elden Ring's development, which wouldn't disappoint FromSoftware fans if it were a single large DLC. However, it should be noted that this is unquestionably the studio's biggest game in history. Elden Ring sales have surpassed 23 million copies, according to the latest information from Bandai Namco.

By comparison: the entire Dark Souls series has sold over 35 million copies, and it took four years for the third installment to reach 10 million players. Elden Ring has exceeded this result twice in a year, and there's not only an expansion on the way, but also two new game editions. There's a possibility that after the release of Shadow of the Erdtree, the game will surpass the entire Dark Souls series.

By the way: Elden Ring is definitely not the only franchise that FromSoftware is thinking about. So, there's a possibility that fans of the Japanese studio won't be bored in the next few years.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree will be released on June 21 on PC, PS4, XOne, PS5, and XSX/S.

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Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).