Elden Ring shows off first gameplay footage, confirmed for Jan. 2022

Over two years have passed since From Software first shared a prerendered tease for Elden Ring at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference. During a streaming Summer Game Fest event¬†on Thursday, publisher Bandai Namco showed the first gameplay footage from this collaboration between Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin and announced a release date of January 21, 2022, for “next-gen and current-gen” consoles.

The trailer below (and the screenshots above) speak for themselves, and the Dark Souls vibes are apparent throughout. That means a lot of dodge-rolling out of the way of some massive attacks from beasts many times the player’s size, including a prominent dragon. It also means lots of dramatic magical effects, including telekensis, fire, and thrown stone amid the vaguely medieval setting.

A voiceover gives some hints about the “tarnished” protagonist, who has returned “in search of the Elden Ring, emboldened by the flame of ambition.” The protagonist is shown summoning a ghostly horse and fighting against mounted enemies. At one point, the mount leaps straight up a sheer cliffside. It looks like you can also summon a ghostly companion to fight alongside you to attack from multiple angles.

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Source: Ars Technica – Elden Ring shows off first gameplay footage, confirmed for Jan. 2022

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