Fans of Elden Ring have been waiting ages for information regarding the first DLC for the game, Shadow of the Erdtree, and FromSoftware has yet to provide it. Thankfully, someone else has picked up where the developers left off, so we now know what the latest update on the expansion is. According to fresh datamines, Elden Ring’s files have received an unexplained upgrade, which makes fans believe that the upcoming Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree may receive a release date announcement at the Games Awards 2023 next week.
Elden Ring DLC release date might be revealed at The Game Awards 2023
The anticipation for the Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, is unparalleled, building upon the acclaimed FromSoftware RPG of 2022. Details about this expansion remain scant, with only a glimpse of concept art and the Elden Ring Colosseum update available.
However, there’s a chance that a significant announcement—along with perhaps a complete trailer for the Elden Ring DLC—is coming. The creator of Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, FromSoftware, is reportedly releasing some hidden Elden Ring updates on Steam ahead of Thursday, December 7, The Game Awards.
As of right now, Thursday, November 30, many branches in the Elden Ring Steam backend have been upgraded. The names of these branches—dev_debug, dev_release, qa_debug, and qa_release—may be important. All this makes it challenging to determine exactly what the update is. One option is that it involves making modifications behind the scenes, even if they are not apparent to the user, to enable the expansion to function.
These updates have been made to various Elden Ring’s development branches. That’s not remarkable in and of itself, but Elden Ring tends to receive these kinds of changes somewhat rarely. The last one was in July, but there were also ones in early November and late October. And it was October 2022 before that.
However, a week before The Game Awards, and an influx of updates hitting so close together, it appears that Elden Ring DLC may be getting something new soon. Moreover, there are other reasons as well to anticipate that the Elden Ring DLC will be included in Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards program—the first trailer for Elden Ring was unveiled during his Summer Game Fest event, and the upcoming Game Awards might just feature the DLC.
Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that Shadow Of The Erdtree might suddenly drop without any prior announcement. Given its substantial size and importance, it will more likely undergo extensive marketing before its release. But it appears that a lot of testing is involved in whatever is happening, so if this is a stand-alone free update, it might be something more significant than bug fixes.
Overall, the anticipation builds as the possibility of Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC release date reveal at The Game Awards grows.
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