Plot spoilers for Elden Ring can now be found online following a datamine of last month’s network test.
After hackers found a way to jailbreak PlayStation 4 hardware and run unauthorised copies of games on it, dataminers were able to regain access to the Elden Ring network test made available last month.
The software’s files include quest and voice data which reveal key parts of the plot, including its endgame content.
Players are therefore advised to be careful if they want to avoid any spoilers before the game’s release.
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While VGC obviously won’t go into details on the contents of the leaks, they include over 3000 voice files, character model and animation data, and dialogue scripts from the game’s quests.
The Elden Ring release date was recently delayed by one month to February 25, 2022.
Explaining the delay, publisher Bandai Namco claimed “the depth and strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations”.
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.
Martin said back in June that his work on Elden Ring was finished years ago.
“My work on it was actually done years ago,” Martin explained to WTTW News Chicago. “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.”