It began with rumors that Elden Ring would be coming to Gamescom 2019 and possibly, a demo would be shown to the press behind closed doors. Bandai Namco shut these rumors down and probably for good reason because the anticipated project by FromSoftware never made it to the convention.
However, even with the no-show, new rumors started circulating that an Elden Ring demo was indeed shown in secret. Bandai Namco obviously shut these rumors down as well and everyone forgot about the whole thing soon after. Interestingly, something new has come up now that suggests those rumors might have been actually true.
While going over the Bandai Namco lineup from Gamescom 2019, German publication IKYG noted all of the official games that were shown like Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4. The report then mentioned unofficial games that Bandai Namco presented at the end as a “glimpse into the distant future”. While there was no mention of a demo, there was of Elden Ring, alongside Tales of Arise and the new season pass of Tekken 7.
However, with these titles the presentation was not over yet. We got a glimpse of what awaits us in the distant future. Titles like Elden Ring , Tales of Arise and the season pass for Tekken 7 were included.
Nothing more was added about Elden Ring or the supposed demo, but it makes it seem like the press was definitely shown something about the game. Was it a mashup comprising of the same teaser trailer from E3 2019, or was it something new? If it was gameplay, word would have gotten around the internet by now unless Bandai Namco dropped a pretty serious non-disclosure agreement on the table.
Neither publisher nor developer have said anything about Elden Ring since the game’s announcement. A recent retail listing, though, suggests a release in June 2020. If true, Elden Ring is probably in a playable state right now. If not, we’re probably looking at a next-gen release.
Elden Ring is a collaborative effort between game director Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of Souls; and fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, creator of A Song of Ice and Fire. The third-person role-playing game is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, at least for now. There’s no word on when Bandai Namco and FromSoftware will start talking about the new project.