Shadow of the Erdtree Will Be Elden Ring’s Only DLC, But Sequel is Possible

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Key Takeaways

  • Game director Hidetaka Miyazaki said Elden Ring will have only one DLC.
  • The move ideally provides a grand experience that doesn't limit player freedom.
  • Miyazaki hasn't ruled out a sequel.

Shadow of the Erdtree will be the only DLC for Elden Ring, but FromSoftware is not ruling out a full sequel. 

These claims come directly from a recent in-depth interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game director and producer at FromSoftware. 

Talking to the Chinese publication Campfire Camp, Miyazaki unveiled new details about the upcoming expansion and hinted at the potential for further adventures in the beloved RPG universe.

Set to launch on June 21st, Shadow of the Erdtree promises to be a major addition to the Elden Ring universe. Miyazaki explained that the decision to focus on a single, comprehensive DLC stemmed from the desire to provide players with a seamless and immersive adventure without compromising on exploration and freedom.

Unlike previous add-ons like the Colosseum Update, which mainly included content hinted at in the base game, Shadow of the Erdtree is expected to introduce entirely new weapons, equipment, bosses, and discoveries across the Land of Shadow, a realm shrouded by the Erdtree where the goddess Marika once tread.

During the interview, Miyazaki also hinted at the (unsurprising but welcome) inclusion of formidable but optional enemies.

While Shadow of the Erdtree will delve into resolving some lingering mysteries from the base game and introducing new narratives, Miyazaki clarified that it would not alter or update the base game’s story. Instead, the studio will allow players to continue interpreting and completing the narrative themselves.

This marks a departure from games like Dark Souls 2 and 3, where multiple expansions shared a common theme. Instead, FromSoftware is delivering a single, substantial content release.

As Miyazaki hinted, a sequel remains possible, especially considering the game’s massive sales, which reached a staggering 23 million units as of February 2024.