Elden Ring fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the game’s DLC plans since it hit its one-year anniversary and 20 million sales milestone. Finally, three days after the anniversary, FromSoftware announced the upcoming expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree, via social media.
While we don’t have much information about the DLC yet, it has been classified as an “expansion,” which suggests that it will be a significant addition to the game’s existing content. FromSoftware has a history of releasing substantial DLCs that introduce new gameplay mechanics, areas, and bosses, and it’s possible that Shadow of the Erdtree will be no exception.
The name of the DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, seems to refer to the giant tree that looms over the entire game’s map. In the promotional image provided by FromSoftware, the tree appears broken, charred, and molten, indicating that the DLC will take place after the events of the main storyline. The tree is itself scalable later in the game, suggesting that there could be more content to explore in the DLC.
The landscape in the image is also intriguing, featuring unidentifiable ruins and a field full of ghostly gravestones. The gravestones themselves appear to be ghostly, which could indicate that there will be a supernatural element to the DLC’s story. There is also a lone figure riding a horned horse, likely Torrent, as Torrent is the primary mount for players in Elden Ring. However, it’s unclear if the figure is a player or an important NPC in the DLC’s story. The character is clad in white, which could be significant, given that the game’s story revolves around the conflict between light and dark.
FromSoftware has not yet announced a release date for Shadow of the Erdtree. While it’s “in development,” it’s unclear how long it will take to complete the DLC. FromSoftware typically releases DLCs a few months after announcing them, but given the scale of Elden Ring, it’s possible that Shadow of the Erdtree will take longer to develop. It’s also worth noting that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware’s previous game, did not receive any DLC, so the announcement of Shadow of the Erdtree is a welcome relief for fans who feared there might not be any additional content for Elden Ring.
In conclusion, the announcement of Shadow of the Erdtree is exciting news for Elden Ring fans who have been waiting for news about the game’s DLC plans. While we don’t know much about the DLC yet, the name and promotional image suggest that it will be a substantial addition to the game’s existing content. Hopefully, FromSoftware will release more information about the DLC soon, including a release date, so fans can prepare to dive back into the world of Elden Ring once again.