Earlier this year, From Software announced that it was working on a new, massive expansion for its latest open-world action-RPG, Elden Ring. The expansion is titled Shadow of the Erdtree though details are scarce beyond a teaser image and confirmation that it’s currently in development. According to a new report, the game was initially envisioned to have two DLCs before being merged into this one big expansion.
The report comes from Lance McDonald, a renowned From Software insider, who claims that Elden Ring was supposed to originally have two smaller DLCs before the studio made the decision to merge them into one bigger expansion. McDonald implies that the game’s colloseum PvP was supposed to be tied to at least one of these DLCs before it was released as a free update. Finally, the leaker revealed that a season pass was also initially planned before those plans were scrapped altogether.
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A similar situation seemingly happened with Bloodborne‘s expansion, The Old Hunters, which was also reportedly planned to be two separate, smaller DLCs before becoming one big expansion. The Dark Souls series’ expansions were a different story. Dark Souls 1 only had one expansion while Dark Souls 2 contained three. Dark Souls 3 pushed out two expansions as well.
As with all reports, take this with a pinch of salt for now until we have confirmation from From Software or Bandai Namco, though it’s likely that we’ll never truly know the development process and changes made during the game’s development.
We’re still in the dark about Shadow of the Erdtree and what it could bring to Elden Ring. The teaser image shows a golden field with a burnt Erdtree in the background, implying that the expansion’s events could take place after the base game’s story.
Elden Ring is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.