An update on the Elden Ring SteamDB page suggests that the upcoming Shadow of the Erdtree DLC is in the Quality Assessment stage. The update history added these changes just hours ago, supporting ongoing rumors of an imminent big reveal or release.
A long string of updates to the Changelist mention “qa-release”, “qa-debug”, “dev-debug”, and other telling names. Some changed depots even reference “pd-1”, which could point to a playable demo.
Earlier this month, a new Elden Ring DLC package appeared in its files. This also pointed to Shadow of the Erdtree, but the developers have not confirmed anything.
The Shadow of the Erdtree was first announced in February 2023. Rumors suggest that something big is coming for Elden Ring’s launch anniversary. Elden Ring originally released on February 25th, 2022, so another anniversary celebration is probably lined up for this year.
The Shadow of the Erdtree DLC would be a perfect gift to longtime fans. However, it may not release outright on the game’s anniversary. It could simply be a release date announcement, as fans noted that the developers did not announce the DLC at The Game Awards 2023.
In December 2023, leaks surfaced online about a collaboration between Elden Ring and Thrustmaster. These leaks suggested that Elden Ring-themed Thrustmaster controllers would “sync with the new Shadow of the Erdtree expansion” to celebrate an anniversary.
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