Microsoft has quashed rumours that they would be hosting the Elden Ring gameplay reveal (the “World Premiere”) in an Xbox platform livestream reportedly taking place on 23rd March, but there is a gameplay trailer doing the rounds despite this.
It was Xbox Games Marketing boss Aaron Greenberg who took to twitter to pooh-pooh the rumours, saying quite plainly, “this is not happening.” He even seemed to put a dampener on a March Xbox stream as well, as he said, “There are always things we have in the works, but nothing coming soon that would feature game announcements or world premieres like this.”
Just to set expectations: this is not happening. There are always things we have in the works, but nothing coming soon that would feature game announcements or world premieres like this. https://t.co/nO868SCbpZ
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️💚U (@aarongreenberg) February 28, 2021
However, there is an Elden Ring gameplay reveal planned, and it might be sooner rather than later. Video Games Chronicle report that a gameplay trailer has been recorded off-screen and leaked online. While not publicly available to watch, VGC say, “The gameplay footage then shows a montage of familiar Souls-style melee combat, boss battles against a fire-breathing dragon and a large, sword-wielding foe, and a glimpse at horseback combat in a large, open environment.”
Bandai Namco has trademarked Bandai Namco Next, which could suggest they are rolling their own Nintendo Direct-style presentation stream, and GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb and Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier both suggested that this gameplay reveal could be relatively soon. It seems like the rumour mill has spun to put the two rumours of Elden Ring and an Xbox event together – in fairness, Xbox boss Phil Spencer blabbed in November about having played “quite a bit” of Elden Ring.
Elden Ring was announced at E3 2019, shortly after the release of their last title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. What makes the game all the more remarkable in the eyes of fans is that it’s being created in collaboration with A Song of Ice and Fire novelist George R. R. Martin, with Hidetaka Miyazaki a fan of his work and using Martin’s contributions to set the foundation of the game’s narrative.
Since 2019, however, there’s hardly been a peep out of FromSoftware or publisher Bandai Namco about the project, and this has naturally led to countless rumours filling the vacuum. No doubt development has been hampered over the last year or so as the games industry at large has shifted to working from home amidst the pandemic.
Elden Ring is expected to release for PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as PC… eventually.