The Elden Ring screenshot of the female knight from the trailer

[Update #2]: According to FromSoftware's newest developer update, Elden Ring has been pushed back to February 25, 2022.

[Update]: Elden Ring will be tackling open world exploration in a very Zelda-like fashion once it releases in early 2022.

When it comes to video games, there are three things I genuinely love to see: an interesting world to explore, some solid combat mechanics, as well as plenty of challenging encounters to make me actually learn and utilize every trick and combo the game has to offer. So you can imagine how big of a smile I had when I heard that FromSoftware, the developers behind Dark Souls and Sekiro, have teamed up with the legendary George R.R. Martin to create a brand new action RPG called Elden Ring!

The details are still few and far between, but you can get a pretty good idea of the sort of atmosphere the Elden Ring is going for through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander, it's certainly an intriguing one:

As far as the gameplay is concerned, there's only a couple of things I can tell you. First of all, the Elden Ring will be a dark fantasy action RPG with a similar focus as the Souls series. However, while Sekiro was almost entirely centered around action, the Elden Ring will be all about the RPG elements and customizing your character. What exactly that will entail, FromSoftware hasn't clarified, but if you're willing to indulge a bit of speculation based on previous rumors, I think I might have the answer. 

One of the earlier leaks mentioned that the Elden Ring (or Great Rune as it was called then) would be an open-world experience where you would need to venture into vastly different kingdoms in order to take down their rulers and steal their powers. As such, it is possible that the Elden Ring will go the Mega Man route and allow you to knock out bosses in any order you want, after which you'll have a new power with which you'll be able to explore different areas and potentially counter different types of enemies. Maybe a bit of a pipe dream, but it's certainly a fun concept to think about! 

Whatever the case may be, I'll let you know once more concrete information starts becomes available.