Elden Ring developer FromSoftware is working on several new projects, raising the question of what the studio has in store for us.
Following the release of Elden Ring earlier this year, the studio has embarked on a new recruiting campaign. “We have started recruiting staff for a wide range of professions for several new projects”, it tweeted (opens in new tab) (translated with Google). “We look forward to working with you on creating games with FromSoftware.”
The new job offerings span a range of disciplines, including game design, animation, technical design, art, sound and production. Little can be derived from the job descriptions about the projects that FromSoftware has in the pipeline, most of which are written in generic jargon.
We make a well-founded guess
However, there is one interesting fact. The Character 3D Graphic Artist (opens in new tab) gives an overview of creating designs for “people, creatures and mecha”. That confirms speculation about ResetEra (opens in new tab) earlier in the year that FromSoftware revived its third-person robotic shooting series Armored Core.
Armored Core, an old mecha shooter series, is a cult favorite among FromSoftware fans. But it’s a world away from the soulsborne games the studio has become known for. By placing yourself in the cockpit of a giant bipedal robot, you have to make your way through other giant robots in semi-open world levels.
The final installment in the Armored Core series – Verdict, a standalone spin-off title – came out way back in 2013. It featured a competitive multiplayer mode and heaps of mech customizations. Official word on the series has been quiet ever since.
Regardless of whether FromSoftware revives its mecha shooter, it will likely be working on an Elden Ring expansion. All three Dark Souls games and Bloodborne received solid post-launch DLC and Elden Ring seems ripe for additional content.
A fan appeared to have stumbled across what could be the game’s first DLC earlier this year, finding an unused Colosseum on the edge of the game’s map. Every Dark Souls game got 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 launched about six months after the base game. If Elden Ring follows a similar time frame, we expect the first DLC to arrive in late August.