It’s about time we get fresh new teasers for the upcoming Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree. A recent rumor suggests it might not grace our screens until February 5, 2024, and the wait has sent ripples of excitement throughout the gaming community.
As of the moment, the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC remains shrouded in mystery despite the rumors. No official release date or official trailer has graced the public’s eager eyes.
Numerous industry events have come and gone, and those that could have been opportune moments for the unveiling of the Elden Ring DLC release date have passed uneventfully for the Elden Ring community.
Rumor: Elden Ring DLC Shadow of the Erdtree will come out on February 2024
Still, a new hope for the fans now comes in an intriguing rumor that is currently making the rounds on the internet. This rumor speculates that The Game Awards this December will be the platform for a grand reveal of the Elden Ring DLC.
The source of this rumor is a Twitter user named Ziostorm, who has alluded to “unverified sources,” claiming the DLC’s reveal date will coincide with The Game Awards, culminating in a grand unveiling on February 5, 2024. That would be a Monday.
Keep your eyes peeled for The Game Awards
While the wishful February 5 release date is intriguing, it’s worth noting that game releases typically occur on Tuesdays or Fridays, casting doubt on the credibility of this rumored date. Hence, It’s important to take this information with a heavy dose of skepticism.
Nevertheless, the prospect of the DLC making an appearance at The Game Awards seems more plausible, given FromSoftware’s and Game Awards host Geoff Keighley’s history of collaboration.
FromSoftware and Geoff Keighley have enjoyed a positive and productive partnership in the past. If you can recall, Elden Ring‘s initial gameplay trailer was unveiled at Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, and they also previously announced Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (another FromSoft title) during the Game Awards last year.
Given this history, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Shadow of the Erdtree could make its grand entrance at The Game Awards this year. Nonetheless, don’t hold your breath just yet.
The Game Awards for 2023 is slated for December 7, 2023, promising a celebration of the year’s best games and delivering a sneak peek into the future of the gaming industry. It is reasonable to expect that the Elden Ring DLC will be one of the show’s highlights, though nothing is certain.
Regardless of the DLC’s presence, any gamers would be wise to tune in, as the event promises a plethora of exciting game announcements.
Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Theories & Speculations
The DLC’s announcement may have been brief, but it ignited a storm of speculation and theories among fans. One notable theory, sourced from a Reddit post, revolves around a closer look at the eerie image featured in the rumor tweet.
It appears to depict Miquella, the twin brother of Malenia, astride Torrent, galloping across an unfamiliar field. The field is notably made of wheat and golden grass, an environmental element that wasn’t present in the base game.
This departure from the game’s typical landscapes suggests that the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion could explore a new area, perhaps a distant past or an entirely different world much like the Painted World of Ariamis in Dark Souls.
Elden Ring has already ventured into the concept of time travel, especially for the Dragonlord Placudusax fight. It’s also a concept FromSoftware has dabbled in before though in a much less cohesive game world in its Dark Souls trilogy.
Another possibility is that the expansion might delve into Miquella’s dream. The game has already demonstrated this narrative device through Fia’s questline, where you could confront a formidable dragon within Fia’s dream.
With Miquella seemingly trapped in a slumbering state, accessing his subconscious could unveil an entirely new realm and a deeper layer to the game’s lore.
Additionally, the Elden Ring DLC could explore Torrent’s origins, seeing as his original owner was Miquella. That could also shed some light on Melina’s true nature and how she came into possession of Torrent.
Unraveling Miquella’s Mystery
To comprehend the significance of Miquella in the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion, you’ll want to know his story and place in Elden Ring’s overarching narrative.
We did mention before that Miquella is Malenia’s twin brother. Miquella and Malenia are Empyreans, basically godhood candidates. Their legitimacy for godhood is fraught with curses of their own.
Malenia bears the torment of Scarlet Rot, a sinister affliction that consumes her from within. In stark contrast, Miquella’s curse renders him incapable of aging, eternally confined within the body of a child.
In a bid to rid them of the effects of their curses, Miquella undertook the creation of his own Haligtree sanctuary as a counterpart to the Erdtree, hidden away within the Consecrated Snowfield, sheltered from prying eyes to allow it to flourish. But even this sanctuary for the deformed and shunned was short-lived after Mohg kidnapped Miquella.
Players only get to see a glimpse of Miquella during the epic encounter with Mohg, Lord of Blood. You’ll be able to spot a glimpse of Miquella’s colossal (but emaciated) arm, hanging outside the cocoon he constructed to protect himself while the Haligtree matured.
Mohg’s audacious gambit involved using Miquella to ascend to godhood. That is until you stepped in to slaughter Mohg, leaving Miquella’s cocoon as a silent testament to the tumultuous events.
While such a turn of events was favorable for Miquella, his fate remains ambiguous since he remains in eternal slumber, possibly corrupted (or even defiled) by Mohg to the point of languishing. That’s a perfect avenue for further story development.
Of course, that would be assuming the rumors from unverified sources are anything to go by. At the moment, nothing is set in stone. One thing is for certain, you still have plenty of time to level up and prepare yourself for more suffering and punishment in the upcoming Elden Ring DLC.