By Matthew Byrd

FromSoftware’s Elden Ring has become an internet obsession despite being a game we know almost nothing about. How did this happen?

Elden Ring’s ominous teaser trailer debuted at Microsoft’s E3 2019 showcase and quickly became one of the show’s biggest surprise hits.

Described as an open-world title from Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, Elden Ring immediately caught the attention of that franchise’s fanbase.

Dark Souls

What really stood out, though,was the involvement of Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, who we later learned helped craft the game’s lore and mythology.

Fans couldn’t wait to learn more about Elden Ring. However, waiting is exactly what they did as events came and went without new Elden Ring footage or updates.That’s when things got weird.

In late 2019, an Elden Ring subreddit caught the attention of gamers everywhere thanks to its obsessive posts, memes, and increasingly strange theories about the game.

Elden Ring’s brief teaser trailer has since spawned a community that has embraced the madness that comes with loving a game they know almost nothing about.

It’s not just memes. In 2020, Elden Ring beat Halo Infinite, God of War 2, Horizon Forbidden West, Resident Evil Village, and Breath of the Wild 2 to win Most Anticipated Game at The Game Awards.


Halo Infinite

While fans amuse themselves during this long wait, some fear that the game’s hype has gone off-the-rails much like the hype for Cyberpunk 2077 did.

So how far away is Elden Ring’s release date? Nobody knows for sure, but as many upcoming games are delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it could still be a while before we play the game.

However, recently leaked footage and other strong rumors suggest that FromSoftware could actually soon show more Elden Ring footage after nearly 2 years of waiting.

In the meantime, the Elden Ring fan base continues to entertain themselves by finding new ways to talk about the game they can’t get enough of.