Look out, the Elden Ring leaks have begun

3 months 1 day ago #29535642 by henndrona
Elden Ring mania is reaching breaking point. Or then again, maybe it has always been at a breaking point, and presently it has reached some illuminated state of publicity, indescribable by words. With a matter of days before From Software's new game launches, you probably belong in one of two camps: those who are hard refreshing the Elden Ring subreddit each a few minutes for more tasty leaked morsels, or those who are vigilantly avoiding any mention of the game, lest it be spoiled.

For the latter group, it's a warzone out there: the Elden Ring leaks have begun in earnest. Boss among the leaks is the appearance of the cinematic intro on YouTube. In typical From Soft fashion, it's three minutes of foreboding scene setting, full of unfamiliar names and vaguely referred to wars, related by a doomy narrator who in any other context would sound almost parodic. It was pulled just seconds before I hit publish on this story, however it'll most likely spring up somewhere else very soon.

Of course, the cinematic intro for a From Software game wouldn't consider a spoiler for most individuals, considering how inscrutable they are, and considering that it's the absolute first thing you'll see when you boot the game one week from now. More spoilery has been the appearance of several livestreams on Twitch, as traced by this thread on Resetera. They've since been shuttered, presumably in answer to a complaint by Bandai Namco, yet they ran long enough for a wealth of previous unknowns to be cast uncaringly into the pre-embargo world.







It's testament to the seeming scale of Elden Ring that, even after the media's six hours unrestricted hands-on with the game in early February, these leaks are still surprising individuals. And yeah, there are some fascinating nuggets doing the rounds. Assuming you missed the Twitch streams, it won't take long browsing the Elden Ring subreddit to find screenshots of, uh, stuff that no pre-release review has touched upon before.

With regards to From Software games, I can understand the reason why some individuals want to seek out spoilers in advance-mostly, because I am one of those individuals myself. However, I can also understand the reason why someone would vigilantly avoid them. Hidetaka Miyazaki's RPGs are brimming with bizarre and uncanny secrets, and legend so rich that, yeah, you probably need a headstart to make sense of it. While it's tempting to wait and find all this out for myself, From games trigger a curiosity that totally dissolves my self-discipline.

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