A major leak from a retailer may have revealed both the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree release date as well as a possible second DLC for Elden Ring.
Because neither FromSoftware nor Bandai Namco Entertainment have released any official information regarding the upcoming Shadow of the Erdtree Elden Ring DLC, fans have been scouring the internet for anything they can find. A now-deleted store page for a collaboration between Elden Ring and specialty controller company manufacturer Thrustmaster might have given them what they were looking for, and more.
The now-deleted page for the collaboration was on DataBlitz, a longstanding Filipino gaming and electronics retailer. In addition to potentially hinting at the release date of the upcoming Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, it might have also leaked another unannounced Elden Ring expansion in 2025.
Retailer leak may have revealed Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree release date
According to the Elden Ring x Thrustmaster Xbox controller collaboration page, the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree release date is February 2024. This release window coincides with previous rumors from a FromSoftware YouTuber.
While there hasn’t been an official announcement from the developer, publisher, or console manufacturers, the leak is notable as it comes from an established digital retailer and a company it has a larger partnership with.
Datablitz deleted the listing for the controllers, but not before numerous users spotted it, screen grabbed it, saved all the photos, and spread them across social media. The deleted page showed a pro controller based on Elden Ring’s signature gold and black colors with the Xbox logo in the center. Alongside this were two alternate versions based on Ranni the Witch and Malenia. The release date for that controller was also set as February 2024, which the page states will be in sync with the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC expansion.
Thrustmaster has a broader line of Xbox controllers that have swappable parts, allowing users to move the buttons and sticks. It has previously made a licensed controller based on Forza Horizon 5. With Xbox’s history with the controller manufacturer, it would make sense for the named “Eswap X 2 Pro Controller” to be an Xbox and PC controller.
Will there be more Elden Ring DLC after Shadow of the Erdtree?
The Elden Ring controller leak also states there will be Elden Ring DLC or an expansion in 2025, after Shadow of the Erdtree is released. Although there isn’t any information on it yet, it might be the rumored Dark Souls 2-style DLC in the same vein as Scholar of the First Sin.
The Elden Ring x Thrustmaster collaboration roadmap page leaked details on two controller designs the controller manufacturer sent to Bandai Namco Entertainment. The two controllers based on Malenia and Ranni, two characters from Elden Ring, have a release date that is “to be synchronized with 2025 Elden Ring major keybeat or new game expansion.” This may have leaked that FromSoftware has significant plans for Elden Ring beyond Shadow of the Erdtree.
While Elden Ring receiving a major DLC more than three years after its initial release would be unusual, it does track with internal reporting by FromSoftware’s parent company. Kadokawa Corporation has repeatedly discussed “maximizing lifetime value” for Elden Ring including the note that FromSoftware is taking “various measures” to do so. Given the game’s enormous financial success and the possibility of other cross-media plans for the franchise, another DLC could be possible even if the game is fairly old at that point.