Shadow of the Erdtree
|Upcoming DLC for Elden Ring
"Rise, Tarnished, and let us walk a new path together.
An upcoming expansion for Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, is currently in development.
We hope you look forward to new adventures in the Lands Between."
Shadow of the Erdtree is an upcoming expansion for Elden Ring. Announced via twitter by the official Elden Ring account, there are not many details about the contents of this expansion, whether it is a fully fledged expansion, and what players can expect in terms of size and price.
"We plan to deliver this to Playstation 4 / PlayStation 5 / Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S / Steam, just as the main title. Details will be a bit further down the line, but please look forward to it. Thank you for your continued support of Elden Ring"
本編と同じく、PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5 / Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S / Steamでの配信を予定しております。続報はまだ少し先になりますが、ご期待いただければ幸いです。今後とも『ELDEN RING』をどうぞよろしくお願いいたします
Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Expansion: All About
- Release Date: Speculated late 2023
- Platforms: PS4 / PS5 / Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S / Steam
- Announcement Date: Feb 28, 2023
- Type: Expansion
- Pricing: Speculated 20-40 USD
- Content: Speculated new areas, mechanics, equipment, weapons, npcs, etc
What to expect from the Shadow of the Erdtree Expansion
Given FromSoftware's previous releases and the fact that the expansion is being announced more than a year after Elden Ring's official launch, we speculate that this content is a fully fledged expansion meant to add significant content to the game.
Unlike the Colosseum Update, which featured content that had already been hinted at with the base game, the Shadows of the Erdtree expansion should feature entire new areas, weapons, equipment, bosses and discoveries. The zone features on the image for the game is already different than any available in-game at the moment, and it is likely to expand on the Lore and background of the world.
The expansion features its own "mini logo" which is often a signal for a large content expansion, but the main driving force behind the content size speculation is the amount of time that it has taken FromSoftware to reveal that the content is in the works. We estimate that they must have been working on this for some time, announcing development in Feb 2023, and expect a launch date to be revealed around Q2 with release date for Q3 or Q4 2023.
Speculations on Shadow of the Erdtree
The upcoming expansion for Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree, released feature art that showcases a Torrent-like horse being ridden by an unknown character, possibly Miquella or Queen Marika. The character is navigating an expansive field filled with what appears to be an abundance of harvestable wheat. The prevailing speculation is that the character riding the Torrent-like horse is more likely to be Miquella, not only because such character is surrounded by abundance, but also because such character's hairstyle is exactly the same as that of Miquella as shown in the opening cinematics.
The Erdtree featured in the cover art is bleeding Gold, which may also mean that this is a post-destruction story that happens after the Endings of the game. Zooming into the image seems to show ashes coming down from the tree branches, so it may both be a post-burning scenario, or pre-breaking scenario when the Golden Order was first corrupted. The bleeding Erdtree seems to be strangled by another twisted tree - some speculated that this twisted tree is an extension of Godwyn's roots. The sky above the two trees is sunless - has an eclipse befallen the Lands Between?
We can also see ethereal structures on the field - could this be the ghostly tombs of the Haligtree soldiers who sacrificed themselves in a flash to guide Miquella's return?
Content-wise, an Elden Ring expansion would likely feature a considerable amount of content, and given the base size of the game we would expect to see a completely new map covering about 1/3 of the area of the base game. Given previous Artorias of the Abyss and The Old Hunters expansions for other FromSoftware games, you can probably rely on seeing:
- New Weapons
- New Armor
- New NPCs & Questlines
- New Locations
- New Items, Consumables, Materials
- New Bosses & Enemies
- Possibly new Effects / Magic types
All new content will be added to this page as it is revealed, and our guides and pages will be here to help you get through the content.
Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Gallery
Images and Artwork for the upcoming DLC (Click to open full size)