Shadow of the Erdtree is coming!

by Ben Kirby
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Well damn, after I put my tail between my legs only the other day, FromSoftware decided to make me look like a fool!

The day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC has been officially revealed! Mark your calendars and prepare to journey through the Lands Between some more. Shadow of the Erdtree is set to launch on June 21st, 2024.

This expansion is poised to be massive, following in the footsteps of its critically acclaimed predecessor. Elden Ring, the 2022 Game of the Year, sold a staggering 20 million copies, and the hype surrounding its DLC has been simmering ever since its announcement nearly a year ago.

The Shadow of the Erdtree trailer

Here’s today’s trailer. I managed to sit and wait with thousands of others on Namco Bandai’s YouTube channel today to get that sweet 3-minute fix.

Historically, FromSoftware’s DLCs have been legendary. The much loved, haunting beauty and epic boss fight of Dark Souls’ Artorias of the Abyss—the acclaimed trio of expansions for Dark Souls 2. Shadow of the Erdtree has some big shoes to fill, but the pedigree is undeniable.

Dive deeper into the shadows

I can see you can now pre-order on Steam, and there’s not a massive amount to go on in terms of detail. No doubt there will be in-depth trailer analyses all over the shop in the coming couple of days. But right now, we don’t know a lot.

There was some kind of brawler moveset, maybe monk style? Some throwing knives? Oh damn, I’m excited! Miquella, an auto-firing crossbow. Shadow of the Erdtree is going to be huge.

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The detail

Shadow of the Erdtree expands the vastness of Elden Ring with an all-new story nestled within the enigmatic Land of Shadow. This shrouded realm promises a captivating narrative laced with mystery, perilous dungeons teeming with danger, and formidable foes unlike any encountered before.

Prepare to face a fresh roster of adversaries, each meticulously crafted to test your combat prowess and strategic thinking. Wield powerful new weapons and equipment forged from the secrets of the Land of Shadow, their unique properties offering exciting combat possibilities.

Unravel the mysteries hidden within uncharted territories, each brimming with secrets waiting to be unearthed. The thrill of exploration is paramount, rewarding the curious with invaluable treasures and lore hidden deep within the shadows.

Immerse yourself in the intricate tapestry of characters woven into the narrative. Witness drama unfold, alliances form and shatter, and witness the intricate intertwining of ambition, sacrifice, and redemption. Shadow of the Erdtree promises an unforgettable emotional journey alongside its epic challenges.

So, Tarnished, are you ready to step into the shadows and face the unknown? Mark your calendars for June 21st, for the Lands Between await your return.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree

Get ready to rumble!

Detail is scarce, but we all know a couple of facts without the need for a trailer. This is going to be hard, and the new bosses are going to kick our behinds, many many times.

I never expected to be excited for a DLC for a Soulsborne game. But here we are. I think I’m going to have to go in and re-spec, perhaps get my Elden Ring rust shaken off. I can’t go in and not remember the buttons and flow.

When was the last time you got pumped for a DLC? It feels like another game is coming out! We don’t understand the scale of the DLC, so Shadow of the Erdtree could be a little jaunt for a few hours, or it could be another mammoth addition to a game already steeped in secrets, mystery and lore. Obviously, we’re hoping for the latter, and at the price of nearly the same as the full game, let’s hope it’s meaty!!

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