Elden Ring Gameplay Preview Revealed; Collector’s Edition Announced

Get all the details from the gameplay preview and the Collector's Editions!

Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware has released the 15 minute Elden Ring gameplay preview video introducing most of the features in combat, exploration, and more. Two Collector’s Editions were also revealed by the end of the video.

Elden Ring Gameplay Preview Contents

The Lands Between Exploration

The video starts with the location of the game, which is in the Lands Between. It is an open world map where players can explore almost anywhere and everywhere with just a few limitations. It is quite a vast map to go exploring and discovering new things. If they ever get tired, they can interact a Site of Grace. I tis a place of rest for them that can recover health and other points. Grace will manifest rays of guiding light to point players to certain points of the map. They can, however, not follow that and just go off do their own thing.

Battle Encounters

elden ring gameplay preview

From the video, it seems encounters are totally random. One second the Tarnished, the main character of the game, is visiting a bonfire with many weird individuals surrounding it, but on the next few seconds, a dragon arrives and killing everyone on sight except the Tarnish who avoided the dive in the nick of time. Players can use different kinds of skills to fight off their enemies and in this particular situation, the Tarnished used a magic projectile with his wooden rod and then manifested a magical bow and arrow to fire multiple homing projectiles against the dragon. He can even ride his horse while fighting off this rather large fire-breathing dragon.

Random Character Encounters

Sometimes players can encounter some rather interesting and weird characters along the way like in this instance, Alexander, a giant clay pot with arms and legs… and can talk. If players help them, it might reward them with some rather useful items and weapons that can be used against enemies.

Map Features

Maps have been revealed to with the marker feature, which can be useful to mark dangerous monsters, unexplored areas, treasures, and more. While on the map, there are some weird billowing winds that can launch players into the air. These are Spiritsprings, which can be used while on horseback to launch high into the air. It can be useful for traversing into areas that are too high to jump on.

Various Types of Encounters Offering Grandiose Rewards

Players can face different types of encounters like a carriage that might have treasure. They can craft items that can be useful against enemies like sleeping arrows, poison darts, healing items, and more. Enemy stance can be broken with heavy strikes like when attacking from above. There are also different types of unique attacks that can be interchanged between weapons. If the situation is quite dire like overwhelming number of enemies, players can summon spirits to assist in battle. Spirits will be of different types and it is up to the players which ones they are going to acquire during their travels.

During the video, the Tarnished can apparently dual-wield weapons. It can be of varying weapon types and they can use different skills as well.

Online Multiplayer

Online multiplayer can be enjoyed with other players from other worlds. They can either play together and join their adventures or do PvP and invasions. No word yet on how many players can join in one world. In this video, only one other character can be invited.

Stealth is a must in Elden Ring especially if the monsters residing in an area are too powerful. With the help of another player, fights can be easier. Battles can be done solo, but it will be challenging.

Variety of Areas

There are different types of areas to explore like open fields, forests, dungeons, castles, and more. These areas offer different types of encounters for the players to enjoy. They can contain treasure, powerful monsters, dangerous traps, secret rooms, and many more.

There are other routes to find too. Either risk for the dangerous road or go around to the easier ones… or so it seems.

Boss Battles

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Boss battles are quite intense like the one that was featured in the gameplay preview. It the demigod and ruler of Stormveil, Godrick the Golden, the guy with a lot of hands and axes in the earlier videos. He is seen here with a corpse of a dragon and seems to absorb it at some point in the fight. It turns into one of his arms and with it the power of the dragon. The Tarnished was not capable enough to overcome this challenge and seems to have failed in the attempt.

Two Collector’s Editions and Launch Edition

There are two Collector’s Editions to pre-order right now. These are the normal Collector’s Edition, and the Premium Collector’s Edition. Check them out below:

Collector’s Edition

Pre-order Bonuses:

  • A Bonus gesture, the Ring : Pre-order to get this item, the gesture can be used in-game.
    *The player can also obtain this later in the game.
  • EPIC HD wallpapers
  • A Digital adventure guide : This guide contains useful information for the player’s adventures in the Lands Between.

Main Contents:

  • Game: Physical ELDEN RING game disc (except for PC where it will be a code in a box), available on Xbox Series X/S-Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC Download
  • Art cards: 3 Exclusive Art cards depicting the scenery of the LANDS BETWEEN, Size: 135X170mm
  • Woven Patch: An exclusive woven patch, bring the rune everywhere with you.
  • Stickers: 3 exclusive stickers featuring in-game emblem patterns.
  • Poster : An exclusive poster representing a hero from the past, Size: 39X334mm
  • Digital Soundtrack : Discover the complete ELDEN RING original soundtrack. Be enchanted by the rhythms of the Lands Between.
  • Exclusive Steelbook : An exclusive STEELBOOK featuring the Elden Ring.
  • 40 page hardcover Artbook : An exclusive 40-page art book.
    Deep dive into the world of ELDEN RING with never-before-seen visuals. Learn more about the Lands Between, its environments, monsters and the strongest warriors living within them.
    Size: 241X215mm
    Language: ENG
    Hardcover book
  • Statue of Malenia – Blade of Miquella (23 cm): A finely detailed 23cm figure of Malenia – Blade of Miquella, Size: 23cm

Pre-order here.

Premium Collector’s Edition

Note: Exclusive to the Bandai Namco Store: numbered and limited edition of 6,000 units worldwide.

Pre-order on the Bandai Namco Store and get:

  • A Bonus gesture, the Ring : Pre-order to get this item, the gesture can be used in-game.
    *The player can also obtain this later in the game.
  • EPIC HD wallpapers
  • A Digital adventure guide : This guide contains useful information for the player’s adventures in the Lands Between.

Main Contents:

  • Game: Physical ELDEN RING game disc (except for PC where it will be a code in a box), available on Xbox Series X/S-Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC Download
  • Art cards: 3 Exclusive Art cards depicting the scenery of the LANDS BETWEEN, Size: 135X170mm
  • Woven Patch: An exclusive woven patch, bring the rune everywhere with you.
  • Stickers: 3 exclusive stickers featuring in-game emblem patterns.
  • Poster : An exclusive poster representing a hero from the past, Size: 39X334mm
  • Digital Soundtrack : Discover the complete ELDEN RING original soundtrack. Be enchanted by the rhythms of the Lands Between.
  • Exclusive Steelbook : An exclusive STEELBOOK featuring the Elden Ring.
  • 40 page hardcover Artbook : An exclusive 40-page art book.
    Deep dive into the world of ELDEN RING with never-before-seen visuals. Learn more about the Lands Between, its environments, monsters and the strongest warriors living within them.
    Size: 241X215mm
    Language: ENG
    Hardcover book
  • Statue of Malenia – Blade of Miquella (23 cm): A finely detailed 23cm figure of Malenia – Blade of Miquella, Size: 23cm
  • Official Helmet replica, 1:1 scale: An official Helmet Replica of Malenia – Blade of Miquella that comes with a display stand
    A very limited and numbered Helmet (6000 units), 1:1 Scale made in ABS.

Pre-order here.

Launch Edition

There is also a launch edition, which offers good collectibles like:

Pre-order on the Bandai Namco Store and get:

  • A Bonus gesture*, the Ring : Pre-order to get this item, the gesture can be used in-game.
    *The player can also obtain this later in the game.
  • EPIC HD wallpapers
  • A Digital adventure guide : This guide contains useful information for the player’s adventures in the Lands Between.

Main Contents:

  • Game: Physical ELDEN RING game disc (except for PC where it will be a code in a box), available on Xbox Series X/S-Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC Download
  • Art cards: 3 Exclusive Art cards depicting the scenery of the LANDS BETWEEN, Size: 135X170mm
  • Woven Patch: An exclusive woven patch, bring the rune everywhere with you.
  • Stickers: 3 exclusive stickers featuring in-game emblem patterns.
  • Poster : An exclusive poster representing a hero from the past, Size: 39X334mm
  • An alternative Steelbook : an exclusive and limited Steelbook depicting a hero of the past

Pre-order here.

Elden Ring launches on February 25, 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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