Release date of Elden Ring
The initial release date of Elden Ring is January 21, 2022.
Requirement of Elden Ring
|Disk Size||150 GB|
|Disk Size||150 GB|
Pre-Release Story of ELDEN RING
On the 6th of July, the official Elden Ring website was updated with a new description.
It reads as follows: The Golden Order has been shattered. Throughout the Lands Between, Demigods holding shards of the Elden Ring squabble and make war over the ruins of a perfect realm, now abandoned by the golden guidance of the Greater Will. As the echoes of this conflict thunder in the distance, an outcast arrives.
Once, their ancestors called the Lands Between home, but the blessed light of grace was lost to their tribe long ago, and they were expelled from the kingdom. They are the Tarnished, and they have returned to claim the Elden Lordship promised to them by legend.
Those few inhabitants who are not mad or hostile linger near the broken remnants of cities left behind by the Shattering. They may have answers for you if you help them.
Above them all, ensconced in legacies bristling with traps, secrets, and guardians, the Demigods – warped Lords who began as members of a royal and noble family – rule their domains with the unyielding power granted by shards of the Elden Ring.
This is probably all the story we’re going to get until Gamescom at the end of August, and combined with everything else, it’s actually a ton to go over, so I’ve shattered it all into 8 sections.
Character of Elden Ring
Let’s get into it, starting with the character they’re building up as the big boss of Elden Ring. Her name is Queen Marika, the Eternal.
She’s first mentioned on the official site, which reads “In the Lands Between ruled by Queen Marika the Eternal, the Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree, has been shattered. Marika’s offspring, demigods all, claimed the shards of the Elden Ring known as the Great Runes, and the mad taint of their newfound strength triggered a war.
The Japanese word they use for “Eternal” is the same one used to describe the “perpetuity” of the Everlasting Dragons, so she likely has a sort of immortality, like them. Her offspring are demigods, after all, so it would make sense that she’s a sort of deity.
Now, it is still possible that Marika is innocent in all of this, and that her offspring alone are responsible for the shattering.
That said, a Russian site calls her the “mistress of the coveted ring”, which I think suggests she has claimed at least some of its power…and assuming she’s still the ruler of the Lands Between, it is at least being implied that she has benefited from, and played a part in, the ring’s shattering. From what we can tell, the reasons for shattering the Elden Ring so far are:
a) to claim its power, but also
b) to upset the world order and inspire chaos.
Because despite Marika “ruling” the Lands Between, her demigod offspring are actually squabbling with one another, and “making war”.
According to an interview with Miyazaki, each demigod can be found at the end of Legacy dungeons, and since there is one legacy dungeon per open world, that means each demigod likely has a chunk of the open world under their dominion.
This sort of drama between kingdoms is part and parcel of George R. R. Martin’s writing, and since we’re expected to “delve into the complex, bloody history of the Shattering”, I expect there to be a ton of lore behind each demigod. A large part of the designs of these major characters will be how they were twisted by claiming shards of the Elden Ring.
According to Miyazaki, “they each inherited a different power or element, so to speak, and each was twisted and warped in its own way, and it brought a tainted strength to each of them. They each fell to madness and fell to ruin in their own individual ways.
So while there is heroic and mythological elements to them, they are also going to have this very mad taint and this deep-seated ruin to them.”
And it seems like one such lord has already been revealed to us. This heavily armed boss is referenced in a tweet from June 24th, which reads “A lord clings to his ruined legacy; the ruler of a husk wrung dry by war”.
While I guess it’s possible he’s a lord from the world before the shattering clinging to his ruined legacy, it’s still more likely that he’s a demigod, since he’s a perfect example of a character that might be tainted and ruined by the Elden Ring.
And you have to wonder..did any of them, including Marika, expect the Elden Ring to twist and taint them in such a way? Do they even care? According to the official site, the shards of the Elden Ring are called “Great runes”. Runes are simply a type of alphabet, but in fantasy writing, they’re often used as words of magical power.
Together, it seems, these runes “spell”, the Elden Ring..but since the Elden Ring has been shattered, alone, some of these runes have been claimed.
A long, long time ago, the earliest leak about Elden Ring actually revealed the game was once called “Great Rune”, said to be a game about traveling to distant kingdoms and claiming the power that lies there. Therefore, I wonder if defeating a demigod might allow you to claim their power in some way, perhaps getting a specific ability or powerup?
According to the trailer, the Elden Ring IS a weapon, after all. Brandish the Elden Ring.. For all of us. They’ve done an excellent job with the concept of the Elden Ring because even though we know so much about it, it’s still hard to pin down exactly what it is.
It’s made up of runes, making it literal..it gives the order to the world, making it seem conceptual..and yet it’s also so physical, able to be hammered and shattered into pieces.
One wonderful discovery is how similar the shattering scene with the blacksmith is to this “forging of the ring” concept art by Alan Lee, who has done a lot of official artwork for Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series. Like the “One Ring”, the Elden Ring also has text upon it..it’s also a weapon of great power, and perhaps most importantly – it also has a will associated with it.
According to the official site, when the demigods triggered the “Shattering” war, they were abandoned by the “Greater Will”. Somehow, this “Greater Will” persists despite the ring being shattered, and has decided that these demigods, once members of a royal and noble family, are no longer worthy of its favor. Instead, it seems, this favor has been returned to us instead: the Tarnished.
“And now the guidance of grace will be brought to the Tarnished who were spurned by the grace of gold and exiled from the Lands Between.”According to Miyazaki, “you could call them tarnished individuals who have lost grace. And this was a long time preceding the setting of the game, a long time before.
The ancestors of the characters that are present in the world were banished and exiled from The Lands Between, these Tarnished. Then a long time after that, the Elden Ring was shattered in a historical event. This triggers the return of this lost grace and it calls out to the Tarnished, who was once exiled from The Lands Between, and it guides them back.
So this is the starting point or the impetus for the game itself, the Tarnished being called by the lost grace and returning to The Lands Between”The Tarnished is a lot like the Unkindled of Dark Souls 3, in the sense that they were deemed unworthy a long time ago, but now are being called back almost as a last resort. It’s a chance to redeem ourselves, but don’t you guys also think it feels kind of insulting?
Like..” oh, now you need us!”, you know? Miyazaki goes on to say “I feel like one of the main themes of the game is how the player, the Tarnished, approaches or treats this new-found grace and this return to the land that they were once banished from, how they interpret this and the meaning.
It’s not just the player-character, of course, it’s lots of characters in the game, who are all beckoned back and will have their own adventures and motives. We want the player to discover for themselves what that means and how they want to begin their adventure.
“In Dark Souls 3, we stood before the Soul of Cinder itself, and have the choice to take its place and restore the current world order. As Unkindled Ash, this was our logical goal but after seeing what happened to all the other Lords of Cinder, you realize being a Lord of Cinder is a sacrificial, subservient role.
Similarly, the goal for our Tarnished is to stand before the Elden Ring, and become an “Elden Lord”, and while that sounds like a real power fantasy title..I’m sure the reality won’t be as great as it sounds. The shards of the Elden Ring have twisted the demigods, after all..imagine what its full power might do to us, as Tarnished.
And the word “Tarnished” is such a wonderful term for these characters because when metal is tarnished, it means it’s lost its luster. Similarly, we have lost our “golden grace”. Specifically, this golden light was once found in our eyes. Miyazaki says:
“The Lands Between is blessed by the presence of the Elden Ring and by the Erdtree, which symbolizes its presence, and this has given grace or blessing to the people throughout the land, great and small. What this represented in them is this sort of golden light or this golden aura, that’s specifically shown in their eyes.
And this symbolizes the blessing or the grace of the Erdtree. However, after a time, there were some individuals who lost this grace, and the light faded from their eyes. And these are what are known as the Tarnished”.
If this boss is indeed a demigod, then unsurprisingly, he no longer has golden eyes. Interesting then, that he speaks down to us Lowly Tarnished..it’s like..man, I don’t see any golden grace in your eyes, either! So whatever sin the Tarnished committed ages ago must set us apart.
For even though we’ve apparently regained some of our grace, the golden light doesn’t seem to have returned to our eyes..and all we’ve been able to do is return to the Lands Between. To get to the Lands between, you apparently have to first traverse The Foggy Sea.
Since we know the Lands Between is an open world and that that’s where most of the game takes place, I bet traversing the Sea of Fog is a sort of tutorial. Developers have to control your experience at the start to teach you the ropes, like the Journey to the Nexus in Demon’s Souls, or escaping from the Asylum in Dark Souls. Once you’re out, you’re on your own, and free to go and die in the catacombs, so to speak.
The Lands Between, or the “Riftlands” as they’ve been called, are the “ruins of a perfect realm”, now ruled by Queen Marika. Remember the “Things Betwixt” area at the start of Dark Souls 2? It uses the same Japanese word that roughly translates to “Interspace” in its name..and so does the Lands Between, so maybe these places are comparable in some way.
The question is: the lands between..what? Above, obviously, is the higher plane marked by the light beyond the Erdtree but then what is below? Earth? Hell? We are considered “dead” beings, after all..maybe that’s what’s behind the sea of fog.
Alternatively, there are a lot of spirits in the Lands Between..like our horse..maybe the Lands Between is a world where creatures have one foot in the mortal realm, and one in the divine. Hard to say for sure. At any rate, these Lands Between are intertwined and appear to be layered on top of one another around the Erdtree.
Proof of this is seen in this snowy world, where we are significantly closer to the top of the tree than in the other scenes, where you could even see higher planes in the distance. According to this tweet from June 15th, “our path reaches up to the branches of the heavens, and twists down into the roots of the earth”.
I love the order to all of these concepts.. Starting at the top, there is the Greater Will – which sounds akin to a god, capable of being incredibly benevolent, blessing the land, and incredibly vindictive, exiling those who displease it. It is probably responsible for the Golden Order for the world, the Japanese word for which translates to “Commandment” or “Law”.
For lack of a better word, the Greater Will is “aligned” with the Elden Ring, as it has clearly taken offense to its shattering.
The Elden Ring is “at the heart” of the Erdtree, and pure light filters down from behind its branches: called “guidance of grace” and “grace of gold”. It manifests upon the Lands Between as pockets of lost grace, which act as checkpoints to guide the player..and manifests within characters as golden eyes.
Now, originally, I thought our character was marked as a Tarnished by their grey hair, but in my comments, Bandai Namco clarified that “In the Lands Between, a Tarnished is not marked by a loss of the color red, but of another color”. Now we know that color is gold…but the question remains: who is the red-haired race of beings? Namely, This giant, and this valkyrie?
The big war we know about is the Shattering War, and I’d bet that’s what we’re witnessing here, because of this scene, where a soldier strikes this giant at the same time we’re presented with the ring shattering.
Therefore, you’d think the red-haired race would-be enemies of the demigods like we are..so why then, does the valkyrie impale us? Is the sin
Tarnished ancestors committed ages ago so terrible that they’re hated by literally everyone?
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