Places of “Grace” will act not only as your safe haven (much like a bonfire in Dark Souls games), but can also guide you to where you need to go in the Lands Between. Players will also be able to summon a horse at will, helping them ride across the open world, and even fly up Spirit Springs to access high areas.
Players can gather map fragments to build the world map, and can mark it to help guide them (via beacons) or make notes on an area. They can meet some friendly NPCs, though some are inhuman- such as a giant walking and talking pot. Nonetheless, some still seem suspicious and strange.
Players can also craft items. Caravans provide a good stock of treasure to raid, and can use stealth to sneak up on the guarding knights if they choose (as they can most foes).
Heavier attacks can break a foe’s stance, and unique attacks can also be used mid-combo. Players can even summon spirits to fight along side them, and can have access to impressive magic. It could be this magic is based on what some foes and bosses can do, as both a player and boss are shown using dragon’s head on a hand to breath fire.
At least one boss was shown out in the open, rather than in its own room, though there are dungeons to explore (and bosses behind veiled doors). Some dungeons are even giant, such as castles, and can be tackled via multiple routes. It appears players can coat their weapons in elements and drink from an Estus Flask-esque potion, as with Dark Souls.
The game supports multiplayer, with the return of co-op and invasions.
Here’s the Elden Ring 19 minute gameplay preview (starting at 14:08).
The game’s collector’s and premium collector’s editions were also detailed; with the premium exclusive to the Bandai Namco store. Those who pre-order the game get a Digital Adventure Guide, and bonus Gesture in-game. The Deluxe edition features a digital artbook & soundtrack, while you can find both collector’s editions below.
Lastly, here’s a pre-order trailer:
Elden Ring was recently delayed, and launches February 25th, 2022 on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.