FromSoftware isn’t talking. Maybe Elden Ring’s one-year anniversary this weekend will be the impetus for the studio to Dark And Darker Gold finally announce an expansion (or three, if we’re dreaming). We can’t look to other 2022 games for an idea of when to expect Elden Ring DLC, but what about FromSoftware’s own games?
FromSoftware didn’t make DLC for Demon’s Souls, instead focusing on development of Dark Souls, which it released two and a half years later. The first bit of DLC in the Souls series, and perhaps still the biggest. Artorias of the Abyss transports you back in time 100 years to face the knight whose name looms large over all of Dark Souls.
Demon’s Souls was a bit of a sleeper hit, taking until 2011 to sell a million copies. By the time it would’ve made sense for FromSoftware to think about DLC, Dark Souls was already well underway. Its sales would end up eclipsing Demon’s Souls’ almost immediately.
It’s a dramatic showdown, and also one of the first Souls battles to pit you up against a more human-sized, fast-moving character, foreshadowing the faster-paced combat of Dark Souls 3. According to a 2012 interview, Artorias of the Abyss only came about because of the PC port.
“Conceptually we never had considered doing any downloadable content,” producer Daisuke Uchiyama said. “…it was Dark And Darker Gold Coins all decided and discussed after we had released the console version due to the online petition for the PC version.”