In a real testament to the scope and ambition of FromSoftware's newest game Elden Ring, a 30-minute streaming event has been released that reveals not only the large open-world map and but an overall depiction of the various gameplay options that will be available. Notably, the game's map, titled Lands Between, is the first free-roaming open-world map the developer has made. Unlike other open world games, it won't have mini-maps or compasses marking waypoints for objectives, which will force gamers to explore, though beacons will be used to help players maintain a sense of direction. However, the game will feature a "watchtower” to help find new locations on the map. In addition, players will have access to mounts to navigate the large map and characters will be able to jump which FromSoftware has avoided as a mechanic but was used in their more recent game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
As part of the official stream, nearly 15 minutes of gameplay is featured in the preview. Check it out below:
An Elden Ring Closed Network Test was announced for November 12th while the game is set to be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on February 25th, 2022. Stay tuned!