Elden Ring was one of the most hotly anticipated games. A souls-like co-written by George RR Martin was always going to excite gamers, and it surpassed expectations when it dropped back in 2022.

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Now, almost two years ago to the day, a full expansion has finally been announced.

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Shadow of the Erdtree is a full DLC, unlike the Colosseum update that released a year ago.

With new bosses and powers, and a story that's bound to expand and build on the already deep lore, there's a lot to be excited about.

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Curious? Let's take a deeper look at the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.

Will there be Elden Ring DLC?

Yes! It was confirmed that Elden Ring will receive a major post-launch DLC expansion named Shadow of the Erdtree.

Publishers Bandai Namco and developers FromSoftware announced the news on Tuesday 28th February 2023, posting on Twitter (now X) and the official Bandai Namco website.

As you can see in the official tweet below, some ominous concept art was revealed with the news that an expansion "is currently in development".

The official post teasingly said: "Rise, Tarnished, and let us walk a new path together... We hope you look forward to new adventures in the Lands Between."

And now we have a trailer, which we'll share at the bottom of this page!

When is the Elden Ring DLC release date?

The Elden Ring DLC release date is 21st June 2024, the developers have confirmed.

As we learned from the epic new trailer, Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree will drop on that date for Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and PC.

That's exactly four months from the time of writing! If you think that's a long time, then why not return to the base game in preparation?

What will the Elden Ring DLC be about?

The trailer reveals lore and characters that both hearken back to the base game and include plenty of new elements.

The arm of Miquella (brother of Melania) hangs from the cocoon in the arena we fought Mohg (fans predicted he'd be involved), and plenty of other bosses are briefly showcased.

There's also a new villain called Mesmer to look forward to.

In a recent interview with IGN, director Hidetaka Miyazaki had plenty to tell us about the upcoming DLC.

"The setting of Shadow of the Erdtree is a brand new land," he said. "It's a brand new map separate from the Lands Between. It is a land that is overshadowed by the particular Shadow of the Erdtree as opposed to the Erdtree in the Lands Between.

"And it takes place, again, on an entirely separate, physically separate map."

So it's confirmed that we'll be treated to a whole new map!

And in reply to the idea of there being any more DLCs in the future, he said: "We don't want to say this is the end of the Elden Ring saga for now."

Exciting times!

Will Shadow of Erdtree DLC be free?

As Shadow of the Erdtree is described as an expansion, we're expecting big things from the DLC – and this won't come free.

It will cost £34.99, and you'll be able to grab a collector's edition too!

Can we pre-order Shadow of Erdtree DLC?

As we know the price, you won't be surprised to hear that you can indeed now pre-order Shadow of Erdtree!

It's available on Steam.

Is there a Shadow of Erdtree trailer?

As we've mentioned many times already, yes, there is a Shadow of Erdtree trailer! Check it out below:

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