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So far, Elden Ring has been a no-show at Gamescom. FromSoftware fans have been on pins and needles before each gaming event since Elden Ring was revealed at E3 2019. However, it looks like the wait continues.
There was no particular reason to think Elden Ring would be at Gamescom. The official Twitter account for the game has been dormant since the initial reveal, and no hints or leaks have surfaced to indicate that Bandai Namco would be showing the game.
Forged by two brilliant icons, #ELDENRING will transport players into a dark fantasy world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls) and George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire).
— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) June 28, 2019
The disappointment of fans is understandable regardless. Even if a company says nothing or flat out denies that a game will be present at an event, there’s always that small hope that you’ll catch a glimpse of the title you’re most excited for.
444 days.. #EldenRing
— Elden Ring CountUP (@ERCountUp) August 27, 2020
The very depressing Elden Ring CountUP Twitter indicates how many days its been since the game’s reveal with a tweet each day. Today marks 444 days since we first heard the cry of, “OHHHH Elden Ring,” but with everything that’s happened in 2020, it seems like about a decade. A year and a half isn’t too long when it comes to game development, but with the world in the state it is, people tend to think the worse.
More than likely, like many games, Elden Ring has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. However, Bandai Namco hasn’t released any statement indicating the game is canceled or that the development is in any sort of peril. Instead, it looks like FromSoftware pulled a Square Enix and announced the game way before it was ready for release.
Whenever I’m nervous about a game’s development, I just think of how Final Fantasy Versus XIII was announced at E3 2006, eventually became Final Fantasy XV, and eventually released in 2016. Fortunately, there’s no indicator that Elden Ring is anywhere close to that hellish development cycle, and work on the game is likely proceeding normally.
Fans will just have to continue to be patient. Tokyo Game Show starts on September 23, and we’re much more likely to see Elden Ring there than at Gamescom.