Elden Ring DLC hype reaches new heights following YouTube update

Bandai Namco’s YouTube channel appears to be teasing the long-awaited debut of the first Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree.

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Though you may have conquered every foul foe in The Lands Between, your quest isn’t over in Elden Ring. That’s because a fresh (and highly-anticipated) chapter for the acclaimed FromSoftware title is looming for PS5 and Xbox players. It now seems that publisher Bandai Namco is preparing to unveil something on its YouTube channel, and we reckon it is the debut trailer for Elden Ring’s long overdue Shadow of The Erdtree DLC.

As was spotted by Elden Ring YouTuber ‘Ziostorm’, Bandai Namco is refreshing its YouTube channels the world over, as playlist updates indicate changes as early as January 4, 2024. Presently, whatever Bandai Namco is uploading remains unlisted. While the publisher could just be updating the content found on its YouTube channels, no identifiable edits or changes to existing content are visible. And unless FromSoftware wants to make all of our dreams come true with a Bloodborne remaster or a Sekiro sequel, all signs are pointing toward an official trailer for Shadow of the Erdtree.

We’ve been keeping our detective hats on when it comes to Elden Ring, tracking the journey of its first DLC. Speculation as to the DLC’s release date began with the simple fact that Elden Ring’s second anniversary is just around the corner on February 25, 2024, making it a noteworthy date for the expansion to be released around. But the plot thickened recently when a merchandise company teased that it would be releasing a limited-edition collectible based on the game.

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When is it coming out? February 2024. If said collectible was related to content in the base game, we doubt there would be so much secrecy around it, which makes us think it will be Shadow of the Erdtree-adjacent and will launch alongside the DLC. Recently, an update to Elden Ring’s DLC section on Steam also pointed towards the release of new content being very soon.

As you can see, the evidence (and the excitement) is building for a February release of Shadow of the Erdtree. Oh, and it won’t be long before your Starfield Xbox controller starts to gather dust, as leaks reveal that custom Elden Ring controllers are coming to players in collaboration with Thrustmaster – they’ll likely arrive around the same time as the DLC too.

The wait for Shadow of the Erdtree already marks a considerable gap for FromSoftware DLC wise. Dark Souls 3’s first DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, released in October 2016 – just a few months after its initial release in March of the same year.

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Sekiro didn’t get any major expansions, whereas Bloodborne fared much better, with The Old Hunters DLC. Elden Ring is regarded as one of the best RPG games ever made, but will Shadow of the Erdtree be worth the wait? We hope so.