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Elden Ring Gameplay Leak Sparks Debate Over Graphics

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A short gameplay snippet of the upcoming Elden Ring has recently hit the media, effectively causing a divide over its featured graphics.

Although only showcasing a few bits and pieces from the upcoming open world game, fans have been worryingly quick to jump on the bandwagon to raise a few questions over the leaked footage. Regrettably, with a few misplaced textures and blurred obstacles, Elden Ring wasn’t exactly revealed in the greatest of lights. In defence, however, original leaker Games Anime and More did go on to state that the footage was captured using external tools. So, you can take from that what you will.

“It’s couple weeks old but it’s from a Xbox One and not from a new Gen console. Also, the quality downgrades even more due to capturing it using external tools,” the leaker posted before the video was removed altogether.

Elden Ring Leaked Gameplay

“This is forever…”

Luckily, other sources were able to extract the gameplay snippet after its removal. Of course, it’s unlikely that they’ll stick around for too long. And if the above clip is available to watch — great. If not, then, in all honesty — you aren’t missing out on a great deal.

In a 60-second clip, the steamer selects and analyses a few background obstacles, mainly blurred and blocky ones, along with the environment as a whole. In the gameplay video, all we really see is the armoured hero standing over a mountaintop, looking up at a towering tree that gleams gold and white. He then leaps and lunges in a few random directions and scares a few birds. That’s really all there is to it. It’s certainly no Michael Bay flick, anyway.

Despite the divide, fans are still eager to see more of the game come to light. And with it set to launch in January, another reveal isn’t exactly off the table, to be honest. But we’ll just have to see what the Elden Ring squad rustle up over the next few months.

Elden Ring is set to release on January 21, 2022. You can get your copy of the game on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. You can also follow the updates for the game over on the social handle here.

Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.