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Leaked Elden Ring trailer stuns: showcases Dark Souls action on an epic, open-world scale; official announcement rumored to drop soon

the Elden Ring trailer showcases gameplay that's strongly reminiscent of Dark Souls (Image source: From Software)
the Elden Ring trailer showcases gameplay that's strongly reminiscent of Dark Souls (Image source: From Software)
A trailer and gameplay snippets recently leaked for From Software's upcoming Elden Ring. While the quality of the video isn't particularly great, the trailer showcases a Dark Souls-esque environment and combat, but on a far larger scale than we've seen before, with glimpses of a wide open world.

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A trailer and gameplay snippets recently leaked for From Software's upcoming Elden Ring. The quality of the video isn't great - it appears to be a low-quality smartphone recording of the content playing on PC. But, from the two minutes of footage, it appears that Elden Ring will be taking the Souls formula to the next level on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

The video seemed to showcase some of the character classes, two of which caught our attention: 20 seconds into the video, we see what look to be the Wanderer and Bandit classes from Dark Souls III, with similar weapons and armor. The gameplay snippets highlight details Souls fans will recognize immediately, right down to the slow, torturous way the player character opens doors and gates. 

What's different here is the open world environment - the trailer offers glimpses of wide-open fields of grass and showcases horse-riding, amid sections that show off boss fights. Putting this together, it's possible to get a clearer idea of how Elden Ring works, structurally: as in earlier Souls games, we see a wide range of environments here. But instead of channeling players through corridors, Elden Ring's open world likely connects these areas together - if From Software can find a way to make side activities work at least as well as the submissions in Nioh 2, this could considerably up the replayability factor, even more than in existing Souls games. 

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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-03- 2 (Update: 2021-03- 2)