Elden Ring is only getting one DLC, so let’s talk sequels

Elden Ring is only getting one DLC, so let’s talk sequels
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Written by 

Tom Chapman

Published 

2nd May 2024 16:38

Do you remember the good ol' days when video games would get multiple DLCs? GTA IV, The Sims 2, and Dark Souls III all delivered multiple bangers, and while we won't hear a bad word said about the single DLCs that The Last of Us and Cyberpunk 2077 gave us, it sometimes really is the more, the merrier. 

Over a year after FromSoftware delivered the certified epic that was Elden Ring, we're still waiting for the long-mooted Shadow of the Erdtree DLC. With so much time having already passed, the writing was on the wall on whether Elden Ring was going to go full Cyberpunk and bow out with one big hurrah.

Shadow of the Erdtree will be Elden Ring's only DLC

Messmer in Shadow of the Erdtree trailer
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Now, Elden Ring Game Director Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed our worst fears and reiterated that it will be one and done when it comes to DLCs. As reported by Campfire Camp (via GamesRadar), Elden Ring is putting all its efforts into Shadow of the Erdtree, bringing us to the new Land of Shadow. 

Although some of the wording gets lost in translation, Miyazaki says, "It is the first and last DLC. We have no plans to add more content to 'Elden Circle'. Giving a glimmer of hope that this isn't the end of the road, Miyazaki continued, "But it has not yet been decided whether the entire story of 'Elden's Circle' will be the focus."

The big takeaway here is that FromSoftware's history of delivering sequels could be pointing to an Elden Ring 2. Miyazaki concluded, "FromSoftware's style of doing things is that it generally does not allow the future of an IP to be easily locked, but it is better to leave some possibilities."

Bring on the Elden Ring sequel(s)

Elden Ring Ranni the Witch
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News of a potential Elden Ring sequel should come as no surprise, as back when the first game was just an infant, Bandai Namco President and CEO Yasuo Miyakawa was already talking about expanding the IP. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin mapped out thousands of years of lore, so it would be a shame to waste it. 

FromSoftware worked on Armored Core VI and Elden Ring simultaneously, so we know the developer can handle multiple projects at once (we're still praying for a Bloodborne 2). Of course, we need to get Shadow of the Erdtree out of the way and see whether it gives a tease of what's to come.

In August 2023, Miyazaki signposted a potential plot for a sequel/sequels, saying the importance of the Roundtable Hold will become clear. As Elden Ring is FromSoftware's most successful game and is held as one of the best video games of all time, Miyazaki hinting at an Elden Ring 2 is about as obvious as someone saying water is wet. 

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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