FromSoftware has been remarkably quiet about Elden Ring, which could prompt fears the game will be canceled and disappear like so many big projects.
Elden Ring entered development four years ago and was announced at E3 2019, yet FromSoftware has revealed very little about it, apart from what was seen in the first teaser trailer. Fans have arguably gleaned more about it from leaked material than from the company planning to eventually sell it. Midway through 2021, it’s not unreasonable to worry Elden Ring is about to be canceled.
The game is being directed by Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, with famed A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin helping to build out its mythos (though not the actual game script). Things fans do know about Elden Ring‘s gameplay include an open-world design and the ability to both travel and fight on horseback. Leaks have hinted at various classes, enemies, and weapons, but nothing with firm mechanics or lore attached. Some Elden Ring leaks have turned out to be false, only muddying the waters further.
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If the game does get canceled, it would be a surprising development; an apparently authentic Elden Ring trailer was leaked as recently as March. The following month, rumors and a supposed teaser image suggested the game will make an appearance at E3 2021 during Microsoft’s Xbox showcase, possibly even being revealed as a PC/Xbox exclusive. The trailer alone would seem to be evidence that work on the game continues – it’s just being done in secret for the reasons many studios keep quiet: maintaining surprise, adding or dropping features at will, and wanting the public to see a game at its most polished.
Fans Should Assume Elden Ring Is On Track For Release
There also haven’t been any assertions that Elden Ring is in trouble, much less canceled. Projects have certainly been axed in an instant, but rumors and reports of development issues often surface before that happens. In the absence of such news, it would be irrational to assume the game is dead. This is especially true in the context of such a high-profile title: Elden Ring has already been revealed, so FromSoftware’s reputation is on the line. Canceling it would be akin to Microsoft canceling Halo Infinite or Sony canceling God of War: Ragnarok. It’s not impossible, but it would be an improbably drastic move. Even rebooting development would probably be preferable to the company.
If Elden Ring is missing from E3 2021, it still won’t be proof of a cancelation, but it would definitely raise suspicion. FromSoftware should have something to show after four years of development, and if the game is going to ship within the next year, E3 is a can’t-miss event for its publicity.
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