Waiting For Elden Ring DLC? Here’s 5-7 Games To Keep An Eye On

Waiting For Elden Ring DLC? Here’s 5-7 Games To Keep An Eye On

While fans of Elden Ring wait for the release of DLC, there are a number of promising Soulslikes set to release that may be worth keeping an eye on.

While fans of Elden Ring await the release of the game’s DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, there are several promising Soulslikes and similarly Dark Souls-inspired games set to release in the near future. Although Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and other games like them were originally almost solely developed by FromSoftware, the genre has exploded in popularity and size as the studio’s games have continued to see success, with a number of noteworthy games having managed to take inspiration and set themselves apart. With the release of Elden Ring and the announcement of the game’s DLC, the genre has only continued to grow.

Despite originally being announced on February 28, 2023, Shadow of the Erdtree has yet to receive any further marketing – although, with a few big events still left in 2023, Elden Ring DLC news may not be far off. With only a vague promotional image and the name to speculate on, there are practically no concrete details for fans to get excited about just yet, aside from simply being more Elden Ring. In the meantime, however, before the DLC potentially receives a new trailer or release date, there are a number of upcoming Soulslikes for fans of the genre to look forward to.

5 Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

The protagonist of Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, holding a gun in her left hand and facing an armored enemy.

Developed by A44 Games, the creators of the Soulslike Ashen, Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn‘s first trailer seems to indicate that the game will break away from the slower pace and more restrained movesets that are characteristic of the genre. The game’s combat shows off plenty of mobility and dynamic action, with multiple jumps and an offhand gun that seems to be mixed seamlessly into melee combat. Flintlock has yet to receive a concrete release date, being set for some time in 2024, but the initial gameplay trailer shows a significant amount of promise for fans of Soulslikes, or even other action games like Devil May Cry.

4 Blasphemous 2

The Penitent One in Blasphmous 2, swinging a red blade at an enemy.

The sequel to Blasphemous, one of the most notable Soulslike Metroidvanias, Blasphemous 2 continues the story of the Penitent One, bringing back the original game’s signature artstyle and gameplay. Developed by The Game Kitchen, Blasphemous 2 is set to release on August 24, and will bring with it a new map to explore, along with new secrets, enemies, and bosses. Perhaps one of the game’s most notable new features, however, are its new weapons, as trailers show three different main weapons to choose from, all with unique movesets, allowing players to switch up their playstyles more than in the previous game.

3 Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen Preview Umbral Lamp

Set to release on October 13, Lords of the Fallen is being developed by HexWorks as a reboot/spiritual successor to the 2014 game of the same name. Originally developed by Deck13, who would later go on to create The Surge series, 2014’s Lords of the Fallen was one of the first games outside FromSoftware’s creations to emulate the mechanics of the Souls games – before “Soulslike” had solidified as a genre of its own. While the original game received a mixed reception, however, the new Lords of the Fallen is shaping up to be more unique.

Whereas the 2014 original had only Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls to pull inspiration from, Lords of the Fallen seems to take a significant amount inspiration from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as well, adopting similar mechanics for parrying and breaking enemy posture. Perhaps the game’s most novel aspect, however, is its realms of life and death, functioning as mirrored worlds that players can travel between – while in the realm of life, players have an additional safety net, as dying will simply take them to the realm of death. However, while players have “extra lives” in the realm of death, it may also have additional paths leading to hidden secrets.

2 Lies of P

Lies of P combat

Whereas many Soulslikes tend to adopt the medieval aesthetic of Dark Souls, Lies of P instead takes much more after Bloodborne, taking place in a distinctly Victorian setting. Developed by Round8 Studio and Neowiz, Lies of P is set to release on September 19, with a free demo spanning the first few hours of the game already available. Like Lords of the Fallen, Lies of P combines several Soulslikes mechanics, but also has a few unique additions of its own that are sure to shake up gameplay in some significant ways.

Unlike many other Soulslikes, including later entries of the Souls series itself, Lies of P‘s gameplay seems to place less importance on dodging and more of an emphasis on blocking and parrying enemy attacks, with a powerful perfect block mechanic that rewards good timing and potentially even weakens an enemy by breaking their weapon. The game also includes Legion Arms, which function similarly to the Shinobi Prosthetic of Sekiro, and a unique weapon customization system that allows players to freely switch the Blades and Handles of their weapons, creating a wide variety of possible combinations.

1 Hollow Knight: Silksong

Hollow Knight Silksong Movement

Originally planned as a DLC expansion for the popular Metroidvania Hollow Knight, the scope of Silksong grew enough to make it a full standalone game. Developed by Team Cherry, Silksong places players in control of Hornet, giving them access to a much more agile moveset than the protagonist of the first game, and placing them within the entirely new setting of Pharloom. Initially announced in 2019, Silksong‘s trailers have shown a significant amount of promise, marking it as a worthy sequel to the original Hollow Knight.

Unfortunately, however, much like with Shadow of the Erdtree, further news on the development and potential release date of Silksong has become scant, with the game still having yet to receive even a rough release period. An update on Silksonghas additionally revealed that the game was delayed – whereas it was originally internally being planned for the first half of 2023, the game’s new potential release date is still up in the air. Like Elden Ring‘s DLC, however, more news may appear at one of the larger events still left in 2023 – although at this point, it’s relatively uncertain which will be the first to release between Shadow of the Erdtree and Silksong.

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