We’ve learned a lot about Elden Ring over the past few weeks through class recaps, previews, ill-timed leaks, and tons of memes. Today, we get the final piece of the pre-release puzzle: the Elden Ring release trailer.
It’s awesome: bombastic, overworked, loud, filled with strange creatures, bizarre fantasy landscapes, and the false solemnity that inevitably emerges from booming voices and choral chants. FromSoftware’s recent request to players not to break anything has us wondering, is it even possible to break Souls games? My feeling, after watching this trailer (more than twice, for the record) is a hard “no”.
Amid all the noise and outrage, though, there was one particularly interesting note. At 1:05 in the trailer, our brave hero uncorks what appears to be some kind of gun. After discussions with my colleagues, we decided not to call it a gun for fear of implying some sort of medieval AK to settle the score: instead, we opted for a “shield cannon”, mainly because British news editor Rich Stanton pointed out Bloodborne has an arm cannon, so it’s obviously a reasonable thematic fit, not out of place in a Sword and Magic action game as it seems.
What I love most about this trailer, though, is that it shows the absolute truth behind this great tweet:
Dark Souls has completely changed the game, in the sense that now you can have a guy with a great sword named Lost Myrmidon gasping as he dies “Zanzibar…forgive me” Me” and then twenty YouTubers will make an hour long video of how deep your legend goesFebruary 5, 2022
Notably, Winkler expressed genuine love for the Dark Souls game in a follow-up tweet, and I doubt we’ll see the same wide-eyed appreciation for Elden Ring. Despite its exaggeration, it also looks very promising: After playing the preview build for six hours, our feature producer, Imogen Mellor, said Elden Ring was the most exciting she’d been to the game since she was a teenager.
Elden Ring will go live on February 25th – here’s the full schedule of when it will be unlocked worldwide.