Since its release on 25th February 2022, FromSoftware's Elden Ring has been killing it, raking in over 16 million sales. Therefore, it is no surprise that Tarnished want an Elden Ring DLC or expansion to give them even more reason to venture back into the Lands Between.
This article shares everything we know about the highly-anticipated Elden Ring DLC, including its potential release date and what type of content you can expect. Rise, Tarnished!
Update on 16 November 2022 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'Elden Ring DLC' news and leaks.
Latest Elden Ring DLC News & Leaks
We expect an Elden Ring DLC reveal at The Game Awards.
Check out the awesome video from the YouTube channel RageGamingVideos discussing the recent Elden Ring DLC leaks, 30 bosses, and the lore.
Leaked information includes:
- New hair, six new (unnamed) weapon categories & new AI goals
- New legacy dungeon-related map files, new Colosseum map files suggesting gauntlet type addition, map changes made at most divine towers
- In the section where boss flags are declared, they left out room for 30 flags for DLC purposes, but that does not mean 30 bosses will be added they just made room for those ( in the base game, excluding the repeats, there are dot 68 bosses in terms of unique animations & model used so DLC will probably have 10-15 )
- 16 NPC entries in the files called "Someone Yet Unseen"
The makers of official Elden Ring game guides have delayed Volume II until "early 2023," and fans speculate this may point towards an Elden Ring DLC release date window.
With the Elden Ring 1.7 update, FromSoftware added "separate damage scaling for PvP", which leads us to believe the game's first DLC might be PvP-Focused. Further, Lance McDonald noted the update includes references to " two new maps that do not yet otherwise exist in the game data" in the code and Ray Tracing support.
Elden Ring DLC Release Date
At the time of writing, there is no exact release date for Elden Ring's first DLC. Pinpointing a release date window might just be as difficult as taking down Malenia using a Dance Pad as a controller...
Judging by past SoulsBorne titles, we know that FromSoftware generally takes less than one year to produce a big piece of DLC content, often seen as full expansions, for their titles; except for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
|Game Title||Release Date||First DLC Release||Time Before DLC|
|Demon's Soul Remake||12th Nov 2020||N/A||N/A|
|Dark Souls||22nd Sept 2011||24th Aug 2012||11 Months|
|Dark Souls 2||11th March 2014||22nd July 2014||3 Months 1 week|
|Dark Souls 3||24th March 2016||21st Oct 2016||7 Months|
|Bloodborne||24th March 2015||22nd Nov 2015||8 Months|
|Sekiro||21st March 2019||29th Oct 2020||19 Months|
Elden Ring releases on 25th February 2022, so going by some historical data on FromSoftware titles, we expect the game's first DLC to release before 25th February 2023. However, there's no official word on the possible expansion at the time of writing.
We will update you as soon as an Elden Ring DLC/Expansion is officially announced and what the release date might be.
Elden Ring Barbarians of the Badlands Leaked?
Some leaks have suggested that Elden Ring's first DLC will be called Barbarians of the Badlands. As a full-scale expansion, Barbarians of the Badlands is reportedly set outside the scope of the Lands Between.
If you paid close attention to the game's lore, you would know that the Badlands is where Tarnished got exiled after Godfrey lost his grace.
The Tarnished, including Godfrey, perished in the Badlands. During the Elden Ring prologue, Tarnished returned to the Lands Between. If the first Elden Ring DLC is, in fact, Barbarians of the Badlands, it might take place in the past.
Keep in mind that the little leaked information about Barbarians of the Badlands should be taken with a large helping of salt until FromSoftware or Bandai Namco reveals official info.
At this point, all Elden Ring DLC/Expansion content is pure speculation. Some believe it could be focused on Melania's brother, Miquella, described as "the most fearsome Empyrean of all".
Alternatively, there's speculation that Elden Ring's first DLC could be focused on PvP, set in that massive Colosseum in the Caelid area.
Will Elden Ring Have Multiple DLCs?
While there is a chance developer FromSoftware could release more than one Elden Ring DLC, no information about how many DLCs the game will have is currently available.
Except for the Demon's Soul Remake, every other Soulsborne title has received at least one big DLC.
For reference, let's look at FromSoftware's SoulsBorne titles and how many DLCs they've received.
- Dark Souls - One DLC.
- Dark Souls 2 - Two DLCs.
- Dark Souls 3 - Two DLCs.
- Bloodborne - One DLC.
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - One free DLC.
Our best guess is that Elden Ring will receive at least one big, expansion-size DLC and possibly a few one or more minor DLC.
We will update this article as soon as more information about an Elden Ring DLC becomes available.
That's all about Elden Ring DLC. For more on FromSoftware's latest and arguably most outstanding title yet, check our section dedicated to Elden Ring news, guides, and features.
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