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A short clip showing gameplay footage from Elden Ring has leaked online.
The clip has already been removed from a number of YouTube channels but can still be found on some Twitter posts.
At only 27 seconds long, it doesn’t show a great deal, but does show the player looking around a rocky environment with a large fortress in the background.
UPDATE 18/10/21: Elden Ring’s release date has been delayed by a month. A beta test for the game is also being held in November.
Elden Ring takes place in a world called the Lands Between, which was created in collaboration with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, who was tasked with creating the game’s lore.
Players are free to customise their character using a character creator similar to that found in the Dark Souls series.
Whatever their appearance and chosen attributes, they will take on the role of one of many Tarnished individuals, whose ancestors were exiled from the Lands Between many years ago.
But when the Elden Ring is shattered, they get the chance to return and conquer the land they were once banished from.
Elden Ring - Gameplay reveal
The Lands Between is mainly made up of six large areas ruled by demigods, characters also written by Martin, who serve as the game’s main bosses and don’t have to be tackled in a set order. Elden Ring supports fast travel and will also include a hub area accessible partway through the game.
Martin stated in an interview in June that his work on the game had finished years ago.
“My work on it was actually done years ago,” Martin explained. “These games, they’re like movies, they take a long time to develop.
“Basically, they wanted a world created to set the game in. World building is a big factor in fantasy and science fiction. You’re not only talking characters and the plot, but the setting is almost as important as everything else: Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age, the foundation universe of Isaac Asimov.
“I worked up a fairly detailed background for them and then they took it from there. So really it’s been several years since I last seen them but they would come and periodically show me some monsters they’d designed or the latest special effects, or [other] cool things.
“The game has been slowly developing and now it’s coming out in January, I believe, so I’ll be as excited as anybody else to see it.”