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Elden Ring studio on massive hiring spree as fans wait for DLC news

Elden Ring – don’t expect for sequel for many more years (Picture: Bandai Namco)

It seems a big expansion is taking place within FromSoftware, but its future projects besides Elden Ring DLC remain something of a mystery.

With Armored Core 6 out of the way, FromSoftware’s launch schedule is completely empty at the moment and no one but the studio itself has a clue what it’s currently working on. Besides the Elden Ring DLC expansion, Shadow Of The Erdtree, that is.

It’s safe to assume that FromSoftware isn’t resting on its laurels, as it’s been spotted undergoing quite the hiring spree for ‘several new projects,’ with over 20 new positions currently open at the studio.

Unsurprisingly, FromSoftware doesn’t so much as hint as to what these projects could be on its website, but the job openings are across a wide range covering everything from character and background artists to programmers and sound designers.

All signs point to FromSoftware undergoing an expansion, which makes sense considering how successful Elden Ring was.

As a reminder, it sold 12 million copies in less than three weeks, cementing it as a major new franchise for Bandai Namco, and as of February 2023, it surpassed 20 million copies – almost as much as the entire Dark Souls series has managed.

Ergo, there’s a good chance one of these unannounced projects at FromSoftware is an Elden Ring sequel, although don’t expect to hear anything about it for a long while.

Aside from the original being just a year old, the DLC expansion isn’t out yet and doesn’t even have a launch date. In fact, FromSoftware’s barely shared anything about it besides a teaser image from this past February.

Bloodborne – seriously, has Sony just forgot all about Bloodborne? (Picture: Sony)

Besides more Elden Ring, the next obvious guess would be something Bloodborne related, be it a sequel or an updated remaster, remake, or straight port for the PlayStation 5.

As a Sony IP, it’s ultimately up to them whether any more Bloodborne projects get the greenlight but considering FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki once said he and his team love Bloodborne, the studio sounds it’d be more than happy to work on it again.

There is always a possibility it could return to the Dark Souls series, since it has been over seven years since Dark Souls 3. Or maybe it’ll throw Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice fans a bone with a sequel.

At least one of FromSoftware’s projects could be something entirely new. In a 2016 interview with Kotaku, Miyazaki expressed a desire to make something completely different from the studio’s usual fare, saying, ‘I’d really like to make a ‘warm’ game. Something like Popolocrois or Ico.’

That same interview, he also admitted that Dark Souls 3 marked ‘the end’ for him, but he wasn’t opposed to anyone else at the studio wanting to make a Dark Souls 4.

There’s also been chatter of FromSoftware collaborating with fantasy author Brandon Sanderson after Bandai Namco, which publishes Elden Ring and Dark Souls, asked Sanderson if he’d be interested in working together on something.

Sanderson himself says he already has a pitch in mind for one of FromSoftware’s Soulsborne games. Plus, Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin’s involvement with Elden Ring made for some great promotional material. so it’d make sense for Bandai Namco to try and replicate that.

Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree – maybe there’ll be an update at The Game Awards in December? (Picture: Bandai Namco)

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