Whereas there’s rather a lot to speak about in terms of the new Elden Ring trailer, it’s hardly a shock that the early buzz over the current preview consists of heated debates over whether or not or not Elden Ring takes place within the Darkish Souls universe.
Sure, I do know that sounds precisely just like the form of idea that the notorious Elden Ring subreddit would have dreamed up throughout their practically two-year wait for new Elden Ring footage. Really, there’s an excellent probability some model of that idea was shared and even created by that group sooner or later.
Nevertheless, it’s onerous to observe the newest Elden Ring trailer and never consider Darkish Souls. It options quite a lot of callbacks, similarities, and references that now have extra folks than ever at the very least keen to entertain the concept that Elden Ring and Darkish Souls share greater than a developer
To be truthful, a few of the Darkish Souls references featured within the newest Elden Ring trailer can virtually instantly be written off as little greater than nods in direction of these video games. As an example, we clearly see a strolling pot that bears a robust resemblance to Darkish Souls‘ treasure chest mimics (even when that idea isn’t unique to the Darkish Souls universe). There’s additionally a second when what we assume is the participant’s character is seen sitting in entrance of a bonfire. It’s fairly apparent that FromSoftware knew what they had been doing with that one.
There are different particulars within the trailer, although, that contribute to a much more convincing argument that Elden Ring might certainly someway be associated to Darkish Souls from a lore perspective. As an example, we get a short have a look at an Elden Ring metropolis that some say seems to be just like the legendary Dark Souls level, Anor Londo. Some followers had been additionally fast to level out that the Elden Ring trailer’s narrator sounds rather a lot like a painter you encounter in Darkish Souls 3. Apparently, that painter even tells the participant that they intend to create a brand new world.
I might go on, however the level is that there are quite a few character, world, and merchandise designs prominently featured within the Elden Ring trailer that had been both merely impressed by comparable ideas seen in Darkish Souls (and Bloodborne) or had been carried out as a strategy to clearly inform the participant that Darkish Souls and Elden Ring someway exist in the identical universe.
Simply in case your tin foil hat isn’t on tight sufficient but, think about the truth that Darkish Souls was purported to be known as Darkish Ring till FromSoftware determined to alter the identify late in growth. That’s a part of the rationale why some followers speculate that Elden Ring might someway assist tie all of the FromSoftware video games collectively or maybe even function a form of prequel to Darkish Souls.
As attention-grabbing as all of these potentialities are, that is the portion of this system the place we’ve got to throw some chilly water on a lot of the fan theories we’ve heard up to now.
First off, that is hardly the primary time that FromSoftware video games have shared concepts and even belongings. As an example, a variation of the Moonlight Greatsword is featured in a number of of the studio’s video games, and a personality named Patches seems in Demon’s Souls, Darkish Souls, and Bloodborne. Even Sekiro options a number of curious nods to the Soulsborne video games. FromSoftware likes to reference its earlier works of their video games even when they don’t technically seem to share a universe.
Second, FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have gone out of their strategy to describe Elden Ring as a “new fantasy world.” Whereas that doesn’t essentially rule out the chance that the sport’s world might share some connections with earlier FromSoftware creations, different features of the sport’s growth do make it unlikely that’s the case. As an example, it’s been reported that George R.R. Martin was involved in crafting Elden Ring‘s lore and historical past, which might be an odd project for Darkish Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki to provide to an outsider if Elden Ring was so closely related to Miyazaki’s previous works.
Lastly, there’s the sport’s official plot description. Whereas the outline of the Elden Ring universe posted on the game’s website doesn’t instantly rule out some form of potential direct Darkish Souls connection, it does strengthen the concept that this sport is extra considering doing its personal factor and constructing its personal universe.
Based mostly on every thing we all know now, it looks like each Darkish Souls reference that we’ve seen in Elden Ring up to now is nothing greater than only a reference or an instance of how FromSoftware usually makes use of a selected design type. Whereas it wouldn’t essentially be stunning to study that there’s truly extra to this story, this looks like extra of a case of enjoyable fan hypothesis for the time being than the rest.