- One common area of Elden Ring DLC discussion is in regard to how Shadow of the Erdtree will fit into the original game’s ending sequences, considering previous FromSoftware DLCs’ approaches.
- There is speculation that the expansion could bring new endings, possibly related to the character Miquella, and address unresolved issues in the game’s lore.
- However, how the game approaches new endings remains to be seen, as a few of the base game’s endings feel like true end points where it is impossible to continue the story. Perhaps the DLC could take place during the main story, introducing a new ending choice alongside the existing ones.
Anticipation surrounding Elden Ring’s upcoming Shadow of the Erdtree expansion is reaching new heights with the upcoming two-year anniversary of the game’s release, but there still has hardly been anything in terms of official news. Given the timeline of previous FromSoftware DLC content launches, many have started to predict a surprise announcement any day now, and others have taken to theorizing what approach Elden Ring’s expansion could take. When considering the reality of how the base game ended things, there’s no telling what direction FromSoft has chosen to take when moving forward.
As Shadow of the Erdtree nears closer, there is reason to be concerned about one issue that has always come up in previous Soulslike DLCs of the same variety, abd that’s where the new content fits into the original sequence of the game. While Dark Souls 3’s expansions may have chosen to bookend the game’s main story with what felt like a more true conclusion, the likes of Bloodborne and the original Dark Souls had no problem with the player returning to the middle of the base game after completing their DLCs.
One Small Feature Would Be The Icing on the Cake for Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC
One of the biggest draws to Elden Ring is how players make their own way through challenges, and Shadow of the Erdree DLC should remember that.
Shadow of the Erdtree’s Potential for Bringing New Endings to Elden Ring
Elden Ring Has to Acknowledge its Conclusion
Between theories stating the character in SotE’s key art is Miquella or Marika alike, some players have highlighted the real possibility that Elden Ring could see a new ending added to the game through its expansion. It could come in the form of time travel, a dream world, or an addition to The Lands Between’s terrains, but whatever the DLC brings is likely to build upon the finale that most players have now experienced in the time since the base game’s launch.
The Mystery of Miquella’s Cut Content
One rumor that has added fuel to the flame of rumors regarding Shadow of the Erdtree relates to datamining that indicated Miquella once had a much bigger role. He allegedly had his own questline which would have led to a unique ending for this route, Elden Ring‘s “Age of Abundance”. It’s unknown what this path could have fully entailed, but this hasn’t stopped some fans from theorizing about how it could fit into the upcoming DLC.
Following Up the Base Game of Elden Ring’s Endings is a Challenge
How Adding a New Ending to Elden Ring Can Make Sense
Players might feel excited about continuing the journey of their Tarnished, but most of Elden Ring‘s conclusions have a sense of finality that can’t be ignored. Siding with the Frenzied Flame will have destroyed all life in the world, while going along with Ranni’s Age of Stars ending would mean a complete paradigm shift in how The Lands Between even operates. Given these narrative issues, it seems likely that FromSoft may choose to avoid these problems through the introduction of another alternative ending unlocked by completing SotE, that is if there’s a new ending to the base game at all.
Truly Resolving the Plights of The Lands Between
The resolute nature of Elden Ring’s existing endings can make it hard to imagine alternatives, but their deeper implications leave several issues unaddressed in a way that can be explored further. Miquella and Godwyn’s troubled lore is hardly fixed by even the Age of the Duskborn, leaving genuine potential for more to be done with depicting their full arcs. Whether Shadow of the Erdtree goes beyond Elden Ring’s finale or expands upon it, only time will tell what impact the expansion will have on FromSoft’s latest world.
Elden Ring is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set in a world co-created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creator of the influential Dark Souls video game series, and George R.R. Martin, the author of the best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. This collaboration between two renowned creators has resulted in FromSoftware’s largest game to date, filled with danger and discovery at every turn. Hidetaka Miyazaki, president and game director of FromSoftware, has a history of directing highly acclaimed games in franchises such as Armored Core and Dark Souls.
- February 25, 2022
- Online Co-Op , Online Multiplayer
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 58 Hours
- Platforms That Support Crossplay
- PS4 & PS5 and Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- PS Plus Availability