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Alleged Elden Ring footage is reportedly fake

Elden Ring
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Update: The alleged Elden Ring footage that leaked over the weekend is reportedly fake, according to a Reddit post that links to the original source material. 

The Reddit post states that the 3D environment shown in the six-second clip is from freelance concept artist Jack Phan. The first video posted to Phan's ArtStation is a two-minute video called 'The Hall of Their Pasts' that Phan created for a graduate thesis. It features panning shots of what looks like an abandoned throne room designed with Dark Souls in mind, according to Phan.

A mirrored version of the first portion of the alleged Elden Ring clip can be found at the 0:28 mark in the video, but it's unclear where the environment from the second half of the six-second clip is from, as it's not featured in 'The Hall of Their Pasts.' Check it out below, and see for yourself. 

So, while it certainly seemed like a credible leak it first, consider this Elden Ring footage rumor mostly debunked, as it's still unclear where the second portion of that video is from.

Original Story: Six full seconds of Elden Ring has reportedly leaked online. 

According to the clip that popped up on 4Chan (thanks, VGC), the teaser – which has been shared right across social media – shows a brief loop of the upcoming game, seemingly filmed surreptitiously. 

Interestingly, it features the same watermark that was featured in the images that leaked a couple of months back. Here, take a peek:

The leak comes as FromSoftware's parent company, Kadokawa Corporation, intimated in its latest fiscal report that the highly-anticipated game could release before the end of the current financial year, which hints at a release before the end of March 2022.

Elden Ring, which is being directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki – the man behind Bloodborne and Dark Souls – was announced during the Xbox E3 2019 showcase. FromSoftware is collaborating on the project with Game of Thrones’ George R R Martin, whose role takes him behind the game’s mythos, and it’s clear from his background that fantasy is his strong suit. 

Since its reveal, hardly anything has been heard about the development of the dark action RPG, until now, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently teased that he'd "played quite a bit" of the eagerly-anticipated game.

Need some games like Dark Souls to hold you over? We've got a whole list of 'em, and you can always check out the new Demon's Souls remake if you've been lucky enough to buy a PS5

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.