On December 9, the annual Game Awards were held in Los Angeles, California. Besides bestowing accolades on some of 2021’s best and most entertaining games, the event lived up to its tradition of showing off dozens of world premiere trailers for games yet to be released. And while there were plenty of big announcements to be excited about, arguably the crown jewel was another look at 2022’s Elden Ring, created by Japanese studio FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
As Polygon originally reported, the game was first announced at E3 2019. A lot of hype for the game, besides being developed by the makers of the popular Dark Souls and Bloodborne series, centered around the fact that famed Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was involved in writing the game in some respect.
News about the game was scarce to nil for a couple years. Then, finally, at the Summer Game Fest Kick Off by Geoff Keighley on June 10, 2021, Elden Ring resurfaced with a new trailer that finally showed off gameplay and more details about how the game would work. Think Dark Souls, but in an open-world game. At the time of this reveal, the game was announced to release on January 21, 2022. But the game has since then been delayed to an official release date of Feb. 25, 2022, not much later.
Fans of Dark Souls will recognize Elden Ring’s dark high fantasy tone in its first official trailers, and we see even more of that in this third trailer, which is completely cinematic. Here is the full trailer.
The trailer is narrated by a character named the Storyteller. She explains that an age ago, “the rune of death” was stolen, and the demigods began to fall. The first one to fall was someone named Godwyn the Golden. Soon a war broke out. The Elden Ring was broken, but how and by whom remains a mystery.
The next segment reveals a battle scene filled with armies of warring demigods, which evokes memories of watching Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Two characters are introduced as a couple of the most powerful warriors who traded blows during that war- General Radahn and Malenia the Severed, who was briefly teased in the game’s announcement trailer. But neither was victorious in that battle. And everyone is still waiting for the Elden Lord to appear, i.e., the game’s protagonist.
It won’t be long now before the game is finally released. For now, if you want to see more of our Elden Ring coverage, check out our article from E3 2021.