Elden Ring open world split into six areas – can be explored in any order

Following a brand new trailer at the Summer Game Fest, Elden Ring’s director has shared more concrete details about the open world.

After such a long silence, fans felt almost liberated when a new gameplay trailer for Elden Ring was finally shown during Summer Game Fest’s first day. The new info hasn’t ended there, however, with the game’s director sharing more details.

Speaking with IGN, Hidetaka Miyazaki, whose credits include the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne, discussed several aspects of the game for the first time, such as its open world.

Elden Ring is said to boast the largest map in any Soulsborne game from FromSoftware and is referred to as The Lands Between, a name chosen by George R. R. Martin, who is writing for the game. Not only that but you’ll have almost complete freedom when it comes to exploring it.

According to Miyazaki, The Lands Between functions similarly to Demon’s Souls did, being comprised of six areas and a hub area that are all seamlessly connected.

Each area also has its own dungeon map and resident demigod character, which serve as the game’s bosses. Apparently, there is a certain order that can be followed, but Miyazaki says that players won’t necessarily have to follow it.

‘We wanted to give a free level of progression and exploration through The Lands Between, so there’s a lot of different ways. You won’t be able to access everything from the start, but there are a lot of different ways you can approach each area. And there’s a lot of freedom as to which order you tackle different areas as well.’

Besides these main areas, there will also be ‘a wide variety of catacombs and castles and fortresses which are interspersed throughout the map,’ which certainly brings to mind elements from The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.

That game boasted a huge map of its own, stuffed with shrines, side quests, and hidden areas, and in large part could be explored in any order you like.

Elden Ring releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on January 21, 2022.

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