From Software have yet to announce DLC or an expansion for its popular open-world RPG, Elden Ring, but a delay in the official guide may give us our biggest clue about when it will arrive. Future Press, the company responsible for making the official guide, has chosen to delay Volume II until early 2023. No specific reason was given, but fans speculate that it might have to do with Elden Ring DLC releasing around the same time next year.
As speculated by Reddit user poranges, the delay of Volume II of Elden Ring‘s official guide might have more to do with potential DLC than changes in a recent patch. However, this seems unlikely as the game will continue to be patched, so a physical guide to the game cannot take that into account. The more logical theory put forth is that this delay was done to align with the release of DLC in early 2023 or sooner. As such, Volume II could be covering some content related to the DLC as well.
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It’s worth noting that Volume I of the Elden Ring official guide was not delayed, making this announcement even stranger. As with all rumours and speculation, take this with a grain of salt for now, but it’s a solid lead nonetheless.
If the Reddit user is correct, then we can expect Elden Ring DLC to arrive a year after the release of the base game. This follows the tradition of From Software typically releasing expansions and DLC about a year after its game releases.
As for what the DLC might cover, it’s possible that we’ll explore some unanswered oddities from the original game. For example, Miquella, the brother of Malenia, remains a mystery as we encounter him during the fight against Mohg, the Lord of Blood, though his arm is only seen hanging out of a cocoon. The DLC could finally give us a reveal/boss fight against the demi-god and explore other aspects of Elden Ring‘s rich history and lore before the events of the game.
Elden Ring is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.