Forget the PS5 and Xbox X, if you’re a fan of Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro, then the release of Elden Ring is THE gaming event of 2020. From Software’s mysterious open-world action game has been MIA since its surprise reveal during the Microsoft conference at last year’s E3 event. Ahead of Elden Ring’s potential gameplay reveal at the Taipei Game Show, a big new leak has shed some light on the upcoming From Software release.
According to a recent leak on Reddit, Elden Ring’s open-world is inspired by the landscapes of Scotland.
Game director Hidetaka Miyazaki is also said to be inspired by Ico and Shadow of the Colossus creator Fumito Ueda.
“In terms of the landmass itself, it’s far more similar to the works of Miyazaki’s idol Ueda than anything else (at least outside of Fromsoft), so it’s not just about having a super large mass of open field, but also degrees of verticality (where it makes sense) as well as natural transitions between the more open sections and the less open sections like castles and ruins and whatnot,” the Reddit post reads.
“When I mentioned Scotland in the original E3 post this is what I was referring to. Not Celtic or Gaelic Mythology (and such rumours had nothing to do with me). The landscapes of Scotland served as an inspiration for Elden Ring’s landscapes.
“That being said you’ll also be sure to see plenty of cool fantasy locales.”
The author of the post also claims that the game world will be far less static than in previous From Software releases.
Enemies will reportedly change their behaviours based on factors such as time of day and weather.
“Perhaps you’ve been traveling, see something cool and start traveling inside some ruins or a cave,” the post continues.
“You start making your way back out and hey, things look a lot darker outside than they did when I came in and the enemies that were here when I left aren’t here any more…but some other things are.
“Perhaps there are ways to use this situation to my advantage, but perhaps I don’t want to risk it.”
Obviously it’s worth taking the rumours with a pinch of salt, but it’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll see more from Elden Ring very soon.