FromSoftware is no stranger to releasing DLC for the Soulsborne series. Bloodborne, along with every Dark Souls game, received at least one downloadable expansion pack that added new areas, bosses, gear, and weapons.
Elden Ring could receive similar treatment, and those who play the game may notice the placement of massive, inaccessible structures in Limgrave, Caelid, and Leyndell.
YouTuber Lance McDonald found a way to cut through these buildings and take a peek inside. This reveals a colosseum built with rows of benches, giant gates to bring participants in and a sandbox for battle. This is not surprising, as in-game dialogues indicate that it is a fighting arena, and the exterior resembles Roman architecture.
The Soulsborne community has theorized that these colosseums will become accessible in the game’s first DLC. Dark Souls did something similar, offering a player vs player matchmaking system and unique battle arenas within the DLC. It’s also possible that this could be added in a future update, especially if FromSoftware doesn’t see much need to expand The Lands Between.
The front gate of the Colosseum leads into a dark hall with a fountain, some statues and a few candlesticks. Beyond the main entrance is the sandbox, where spears, swords, and arrows have been haphazardly thrust into the ground. The gates on the left and right lead to elevators that go down, but when Lance McDonald clicked through, it turned out that there is nothing underneath them yet. This could be where the player starts the DLC, or maybe it leads to the matchmaking system
If Elden gets Ring DLC, it could launch in the fall. FromSoftware has been consistent in launching its games early in the year and then with the first DLC sometime between September and November. The only exception was Dark Souls 2, which had all three DLC out before the end of the game’s launch year.
Since Hidetaka Miyazaki didn’t direct Dark Souls 2, that could just be a result of a different vision. However, the scale of this world is vastly different from anything we’ve seen before in the series. Who knows what an expansion will look like in an open-world Soulsborne game, and for that reason we may not see it for the rest of the year.