Elden Ring developer FromSoftware is working on several new projects, raising the question of what the studio could have in store for us next.
Following the release of Elden Ring earlier this year, the studio began a new recruiting campaign. “We started recruiting employees for a wide range of occupations for various new projects,” tweeted (opens in new tab) (translated by Google). “We look forward to working with you on creating games with FromSoftware.”
The list of new jobs spans a variety of disciplines, including game design, animation, technical design, art, sound, and production. There is little to understand from job descriptions about what projects FromSoftware has in the works, with most of them written in generic industry work language.
We’re making an educated guess
There is an interesting tidbit, however. O 3D character graphic artist (opens in new tab) lists design creation for “humans, creatures, and mecha”. This corroborates speculations about reset era (opens in new tab) earlier in the year that FromSoftware is reviving its Armored Core third-person shooter series.
An old mecha shooter series, Armored Core is a cult favorite among FromSoftware fans. But it’s worlds away from the soulsborne games the studio has become known for. Placing you in the cockpit of a giant bipedal robot, you blast your way through other giant robots in semi-open world levels.
The last entry in the Armored Core series – Verdict, a standalone spin-off title – released in 2013. It featured a competitive multiplayer mode and lots of mechanical customizations. Official word on the series has been silent ever since.
Regardless of whether FromSoftware is reviving its mecha shooter, it will likely be working on an Elden Ring expansion. All three Dark Souls and Bloodborne games have received robust post-launch DLC, and Elden Ring seems ripe for additional content.
One fan appeared to have stumbled upon what could be the game’s first DLC earlier this year, finding an unused Colosseum at the edge of the game’s map. Each Dark Souls game received a PvP arena as part of post-launch DLC, making it likely that Elden Ring will receive the same.
The first Dark Souls 3 expansion was released about six months after the base game. If Elden Ring follows a similar deadline, we expect the first DLC to arrive in late August.