An Elden Ring strategy guide reportedly confirms that a sequel is coming to the game, but is that actually true?
FromSoftware director and president Hidetaka Miyazaki has become one of the biggest names in video game development. One of the things that sets Miyazaki apart from Hideo Kojima or Todd Howard is the fact that he maintains a very low profile, even surrounding the games he’s making. He only occasionally offers an interview, and the upcoming Elden Ring Books of Knowledge Volume 2: Shards of the Shattering has one.
An individual on Reddit who purportedly had an early copy of the book stated that the FromSoftware president suggested that a sequel was planned. Others who apparently have the book state otherwise.
Is there an Elden Ring sequel?
There is not yet official confirmation of an Elden Ring sequel, but it remains likely that one will come out.
According to the Redditor who got their hands on Elden Ring Books of Knowledge Volume 2: Shards of the Shattering, Miyazaki acknowledges that there will be an Elden Ring sequel when discussing the game’s lore. Others who had the book photographed the interview with Miyazaki and refuted this.
According to the Redditor, Miyazaki discusses Roundtable Hold and its significance, something that isn’t explored in the story. He specifically discusses how the hub is on fire after lighting the Erdtree aflame. The Reddit post says that Miyazaki plans to touch upon this “in future games.”
However, Ziostorm1 on Twitter also seemingly received the book ahead of its official release. They photographed the interview in question, which reads very differently. Miyazaki instead states that they did not delve into the nature of Roundtable Hold in the game, and he will not spell out the lore implications in the interview as a result.
No party related to the development or publishing of Elden Ring has overtly confirmed that a sequel is coming. There has been repeated acknowledgement of larger plans for the game, however.
Elden Ring had an explosive launch and both FromSoftware and parent company Kadokawa Corporation suggested more was coming. Things have been largely quiet on this front, however.
There is a significant paid DLC coming to Elden Ring in the works with Shadow of the Erdtree. Kadokawa also created an Elden Ring comedy manga in 2022, which can be found on its Comic Walker site. While there was speculation regarding an Elden Ring show, movie, or spin-off game, none of that has come to fruition or even popped up in the rumor mill. Given the smashing success of Elden Ring, a sequel has largely been expected by fans.
When is an Elden Ring sequel coming out?
There is no official release date or estimated release window for an Elden Ring sequel. That said, fans can look at official investor materials and FromSoftware’s history to get an idea of when a sequel could come out.
Kadokawa suggested in an investor report this spring that the Elden Ring DLC release date will be deep into 2024. On top of that, FromSoftware will be simultaneously juggling the development of Elden Ring DLC and post-release patches for mech shooter Armored Core 6. Also included in those investor reports are an acknowledgment of plans to increase staffing at FromSoftware to increase its development bandwidth.
While an Elden Ring sequel will likely come out at some point, it’s not going to come out any time soon. FromSoftware will have its hands full until deep into 2024. Even if it looks to create an Elden Ring sequel as soon as possible, the earliest realistic release window would be late 2025 or early 2026.
That means that fans have a long time to wait before another Elden Ring game comes out. The good news is that there are plenty of great games that offer a similar experience to Elden Ring.
Update: It has been confirmed that the text in question, properly translated, does not directly confirm an upcoming sequel.