Shadow of the Erdtree is the long-awaited first expansion for Elden Ring

The big picture: After selling more than 20 million copies, Elden Ring is finally getting its first proper expansion. FromSoftware announced the new Lands Between adventure by only providing a piece of artwork, but fans and lore experts are already running wild with speculation and theories.

Elden Ring, the award-winning poster child of Born of the soul formula set in a vast and freely explorable open world, soon to grow. Japanese developer FromSoftware announced the upcoming expansion for the game, Shadow of the Erdtree, by posting a new piece of Elden Ring’s artwork. official Twitter account.

No other information has been given about the expansion or a possible release date, but fans will be happy to spend the coming weeks (or possibly months) concocting even more crazy theories about out of this world Elden Ring lore.

FromSoftware’s announcement comes just three days after Elden Ring’s first anniversary, when the developer celebrated the huge success of their new “Souls” IP with a content-free event. stream live from Stockholm. Now, FromSoftware says, the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion is “in development” and will offer players “new adventures” in the Lands Between.

Shadow of the Erdtree may have been in development for months, as director Hidetaka Miyazaki said the studio had more stories to tell in the Elden Ring world when he collected the “Game of the Year” award. at The Game Awards 2022. Therefore, optimistic The tarnished hope that the expansion can be released sooner than expected.

FromSoftware’s teaser depicts a typical Elden Ring environment with abandoned ruins, ancient tombs, spirits and fog everywhere. The unidentified blonde figure in the foreground rides what appears to be Torrent, the player’s mount, and clearly resembles the childlike physical aspect of the demigod Miquella. Behind, there was a burnt Erdtree bleeding pure gold as well.

Along with her twin sister Malenia, Miquella is the daughter of Queen Marika the Eternal and Radagon – who is another (male) aspect of Marika herself. In the main story of the Elden Ring, players have the opportunity to face Malenia as one of the hardest – if not the hardest – bosses later in the game, while Miquella plays an ancillary role in the background. Both Malenia and Miquella were born with a curse, the play’s lore says, either a decaying infection from an outside god (Malenia) or an eternal child’s appearance despite being considered scariest demigod around (Miquella).

Simply put, Miquella is a constant topic of discussion among connoisseurs of the Elden Ring, and Shadow of Erdtree seems to provide some answers to the many questions that players have raised so far.

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