You'll probably have heard the news by now, but Elden Ring has sold more than 12 million copies to date, which is a pretty astonishing figure for a game of its ilk. Publisher Bandai Namco and developer FromSoftware will be ecstatic with both the sales figures and the game's general reception — it's been almost overwhelmingly successful.
As part of the press release announcing the sales numbers comes a statement of intent that's rather interesting. There's now a promise of more from the Elden Ring universe, and it sounds as though it'll extend outside the core game and into other media.
"Please look forward to more of [Elden Ring] as an IP (characters and other intellectual property) in hopes of expanding beyond the realm of games," the press release reads.
Yasuo Miyakawa, president and CEO of Bandai Namco, reiterates this: "Much effort was placed into creating [Elden Ring] so that we could exceed the expectations of our fans worldwide," he says. "In like manner, we will continue our efforts in expanding the brand beyond the game itself, and into everyone’s daily life."
So, by the sound of it, the game's popularity has encouraged Bamco and From to push for an extended Elden Ring universe. It seems we'll be seeing that name pop up in other media — a novelisation from George R. R. Martin makes too much sense, but perhaps there's scope for even more. We're just speculating of course — we're interested to see where the IP goes from here.
What would you like to see from Elden Ring going forward? Would you like to see a movie, books, TV series, or something else? Would you rather some DLC or a sequel instead? Discuss in the comments section below, and check out our Elden Ring guide for more on the game.