We shouldn't have to wait "months and months" for our next peek at Elden Ring

Elden Ring
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A fresh peek at From Software's next big action-RPG, Elden Ring (opens in new tab) might be dropping sooner rather than later, according to sources close to the development.

As spotted by VGC, reliable source and GamesBeat (opens in new tab) writer Jeff Grubb recently speculated on why Elden Ring was missing from The Game Awards despite clinching the crown for Most Anticipated Game.

“They’re obviously working on this game… they didn’t show it here, but I think they probably could have if they wanted to,” Grubb opined. “I think it’s at that state. But let’s just give it a month or two more.

"Here’s one thing I’ve heard that I can say: have a little bit more patience, but just a little bit more. That doesn’t mean days, and I don’t think it quite means weeks, but it doesn’t mean months and months and months."

The claims add credence to another recent report that intimated that Elden Ring may be on the home stretch. This one, which came from From Software sleuth and reputable Bloodborne optimizer Lance McDonald (opens in new tab). At the time, McDonald suggested that March 2021 is likely "too soon" for Elden Ring's release date. 

"I did some snooping today and it seems like Elden Ring is ready to be shown publicly," McDonald said in a recent Twitch stream. "It seems like there's some people working on Elden Ring who they only bring in when the games are nearly finished. As you can imagine, there's a bunch of contractors I snoop around on. I watch what they're doing and what they're talking about, and one of them said some stuff today [December 3] and I'm like, 'Oh, wow.' 

"Based on what I know that person's job is, I was like, that game's gotta be almost finished."

Elden Ring, which is being directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the man behind Bloodborne and Dark Souls, was announced during the Xbox E3 2019 showcase (opens in new tab). 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" (opens in new tab) of the eagerly-anticipated game.

Need some games like Dark Souls (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)

Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.