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We know if Elden Ring will get more DLC after Shadow of the Erdtree

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The Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC only just arrived but already has players wanting more, so the question on everyone’s mind is “will there be DLC after this?”

Shadow of Erdtree is a massive expansion for Elden Ring, adding a new map along with multitudes of new weapons, spells, armor, craftables, and more. True to form, the expansion was both praised and criticized for its difficulty. A number of players found a way to see and find everything within a few days, and many more will follow in the coming weeks.

While players can take their time trying to beat this new expansion, is there going to be more fresh content for Elden Ring in the future? Here’s what we know.

Will there be more Elden Ring DLC?

Elden Ring will not get another DLC expansion after Shadow of the Erdtree, according to director of Elden Ring and FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki.

In an interview with Game Bonfire, Miyazaki said Shadow of the Erdtree is “the first and last DLC” for Elden Ring, confirming there are no plans for any further downloadable content.

This will likely be a disappointment for Elden Ring fans. Dark Souls 2 and 3 both received multiple expansions. As part of a separate interview that included Miyazaki’s take on the future of FromSoftware, he discussed why Elden Ring won’t receive any new DLC after Shadow of the Erdtree. He stated that FromSoftware could have released Shadow of the Erdtree as multiple smaller expansions, but doing so would have gone against the exploration-focused design of the base game.

Will there be an Elden Ring sequel?

An Elden Ring sequel is likely to be made at some point, but any details beyond that are unknown.

Across multiple interviews, Miyazaki has consistently stated that the door is open for future Elden Ring games but that there won’t be another DLC after Shadow of the Erdtree. However, there are currently no plans announced for Elden Ring 2.

Historically, there’s no guarantee either way. While there are three Dark Souls games, ever other Soulsborne game has been one-and-done for FromSoftware.

Additionally, FromSoftware hasn’t released games in the same franchise back-to-back. So, if there are any future trips to the Lands Between planned, players won’t know until FromSoftware finishes its next project.

That said, it’s extremely likely that an Elden Ring sequel comes out at some point. In March 2023, FromSoftware purchased the ownership rights of the Elden Ring IP from Bandai Namco, including “all rights, title, and interest in and to the Trademark.”

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The official Elden Ring webtoon, Elden Ring: Become Lord

As a result, FromSoftware now has exclusive rights to the franchise, including full control over any future expansions, sequels, or spinoffs that it may choose to make. While this does not guarantee anything, it’s at least an indication that FromSoftware isn’t done with the series. The company has previously indicated that more Elden Ring media will come out, but so far this has only yielded a manga and webtoon.

So, while the future of Elden Ring is still unknown, there is still the possibility of a sequel down the line. Unfortunately, once again, there’s seemingly no possibility of an Elden Ring DLC beyond Shadow of the Erdtree.

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Written by Robert Pleasant

Robert Pleasant is a self-admitted nerd whose love of gaming began in the 90s with Pokemon Blue. From there, his interests expanded to include games including the Legend of Zelda series, BlazBlue, and Overwatch, as well as his latest obsession, Baldur's Gate 3. Robbie has written for several nerd culture and entertainment websites, including G33k-HQ and Multiversity Comics. He regularly covers comics and TV shows, conventions, and generally reports on the latest in nerdy news. He's also an avid player of board and tabletop games, and has written and self-published several modules for Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League, including the 2019 Ennie Award-winning "Where Can She Be?" He can be found on Twitter / X at @R_Pleasant.

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