Big things are coming to Elden Ring, and not just the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.
FromSoftware parent company Kadokawa Corporation released a report to investors on the year-over-year finances of the company for the first quarter of its fiscal year. The main focus of this report was discussing steep declines in sales and operating profit, which the company explained away as a result of Elden Ring’s explosive retail success in 2022. But in explaining it, Kadokawa also touched upon its plans for the game moving forward.
Though it’s quite vague, the report suggests that significant updates are coming to Elden Ring beyond the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC. This sent fans into a tizzy speculating over what is to come both in and out of the game.
FromSoftware parent company suggests there’s more coming to Elden Ring than Shadow of the Erdtree DLC
As part of its report, Kadokawa Corporation discussed what Elden Ring will do for the company moving forward. No clear details were given but the suggestion is that the Elden Ring DLC isn’t the end of the road for the game.
“Various measures are currently in progress for Elden Ring, including the development of major DLC, to maximize [lifetime value],” the report reads.
Specifically noting that “various measures…including the development of major DLC” is notable, as it explicitly suggests something significant is coming beyond Shadow of the Erdtree. What that means specifically is unknown, but there are many possibilities.
The most likely would be some manner of extra in-game update. FromSoftware has been actively trying to keep Elden Ring PvP balanced and fun, most recently releasing the 1.10 patch which empowered critical hits and fixed some ruinous bugs. Before this, multiple substantive free content updates were released including the Elden Ring Colosseum Update. A boss rush option similar to the one seen in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a definite possibility.
There is some notable cut content still in Elden Ring including a full questline for Merchant Kale, and a story related to the Mimic Tear Spirit Ash that could potentially be added. There are also unresolved questlines involving Patches, Tanith, and The expanded questlines for Nepheli Loux and Diallos that were added through free updates were also discovered by data miners as cut content, so there is precedent.
And of course, there could also potentially be another paid DLC down the line. Dark Souls 2 and 3 both had multiple paid DLC releases and the game’s success could have FromSoftware pull double duty. There’s plenty of lore to work with for more than one Elden Ring DLC.
Is there going to be an Elden Ring TV show?
There are still no details about an Elden Ring TV show and there’s no sign that one will be released.
In March 2022, Bandai Namco suggested that it had plans to monetize Elden Ring beyond video games. This was followed by Kadokawa Corporation stating in a financial report that it intended to establish a “media mix” for the game. Finally, Sony acquired a minority share in FromSoftware.
All of this led to speculation that an Elden Ring TV series or movie could be in the works. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of any movement. The only piece of non-gaming Elden Ring media released so far is a comedy manga entitled Elden Ring: The Road to the Erdtree.
While some fans speculated that Kadokawa’s most recent report may have been alluding to these plans coming to fruition, the effort to “maximize lifetime value” would only really apply to the game. Video game adaptations are all the rage right now, but there’s still no outward sign of this becoming a reality for Elden Ring.