‘Elden Ring’ Is About To Go From TV Screen To Tabletop
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Elden Ring - one of the biggest releases of 2022 and recipient of a 9/10 review from us, right over here - is set to receive a board game adaptation thanks to a collaboration between its publishers outside of Japan Bandai Namco and Steamforged Games.
As IGN reports, a Kickstarter campaign for the game will launch soon. The new tabletop version of FromSoftware’s celebrated open-worlder will feature dice-free battle mechanics and will support between one and four players.
Here’s Sauron - you know, Lord of the Rings, that fella - in Elden Ring, because mods exist…
Steamforged’s own announcement is thin on specific gameplay details but exciting nonetheless. It reads:
“In a vast, sprawling world of decaying grandeur that unfolds through your exploration, you’ll embark on a huge and varied adventure, visiting iconic locations and crossing paths with familiar enemies and characters. Play solo, or with up to three other Tarnished.
“Experience the video game’s characteristically challenging fights recreated through intelligent, dice-free combat, where you’ll need to strategies and adapt your plans in each encounter - whether that be a lowly Godrick Soldier or the Grafted King himself.”
Foul Tarnished, in search of the Elden Ring, emboldened by the flame of ambition. Do ye have what it takes?— Steamforged Games (@SteamforgedLtd) September 18, 2022
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Sounds… tough, but ever so tempting, doesn’t it? As quoted at Eurogamer, Steamforged Games’ COO Mat Hart commented: “We are humbled and privileged to bring [Elden Ring] to your tabletops. To say our team is passionate about the game would be an understatement.” He added: “Fans should expect a dark, richly realised tabletop world of mystery and peril, with satisfying combat and rewarding exploration. Prepare to lose hours to this game, and to be glad about it.”
I mean, sold, frankly. And I don’t expect this thing to struggle when it does land on Kickstarter, as Steamforged’s previous Dark Souls board game raised over £3.7m on the crowdfunding platform, and its campaign for a Horizon Zero Dawn adaptation closed on almost £1.4m. Suffice to say that this team knows what it’s doing, and its products are already much loved.