Hidetaka Miyazaki, Elden Ring Genius, Explains the Two Meanings Behind Shadow of the Erdtree’s Title, and how it Relates to the Lore of the Main Game

Miyazaki put some more light in the name of the Elden Ring's DLC.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, Elden Ring Genius, Explains the Two Meanings Behind Shadow of the Erdtree's Title, and how it Relates to the Lore of the Main Game

SUMMARY

  • The director of Elden Ring, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has spoken about the meaning of the Shadow of the Erdtree name for the DLC.
  • For Miyazaki, the name of the DLC has two meanings, and it relates a lot to the original game.
  • Several main characters from Elden Ring will be part of the story of this DLC.
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After Bandai Namco and From Software finally revealed the release date of the Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, many fans were happy and eager to play the new content of this incredibly successful game.

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Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of Elden Ring, revealed a great deal of details about the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC in a recent interview with the popular Japanese magazine Famitsu. Thanks to a complete translation on Reddit, Miyazaki has talked about the meaning of the Shadow of the Erdtree name of the DLC.

Hidetaka Miyazaki and the meaning of the Shadow of the Erdtree and Elden Ring

Miquella will be very important in the Shadow of the Erdtree Elden Ring DLC
Miquella will be very important in the Shadow of the Erdtree Elden Ring DLC

The DLC was announced back in March 2023, and after that, neither Bandai Namco nor From Software have talked about it until now. After they reveal the trailer with the price and the release date of the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, the director of the game, Hidetaka Miyazaki, gives various interviews throughout the world.

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Miyazaki is always up for new interviews, talking about the different projects in the studio. In an interview with Famitsu, he reveals some key things about the meaning of the name, Shadow of the Erdtree.

Miyazaki was asked about the meaning of the name. He said the following:

“Erdtree refers to the Golden Tree that appears in the main title, so directly interpreting this, the DLC title means the shadow of this golden tree.”

He talked about the Golden Tree being the meaning of the DLC name. Furthermore, he also mentions that the player will follow the steps of Miquella to the Shadow Lands. He confirmed that Shadow of the Erdtree will be in the Shadow Lands almost entirely.

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Players will have to figure out many new things

Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree will available on June 21
Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree will be available on June 21

From Software’s director continued talking about the meaning of the Shadow of the Erdtree name and said that players will have to discover another as they are playing the DLC.

This director really enjoys that the players read all the lore and draw their own conclusions; he is not very direct with the story. The Shadow of the Erdtree DLC for Elden Ring will stand as the largest expansion content ever created by the team at From Software, as confirmed by the creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, will be available on June 21 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC. This content will be the most expensive expansion ever by From Software, costing $39.99. This DLC will also have a Collector’s Edition with limited units.

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Written by Lucas Lapetina

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I'm a big fan of movies and videogames in general. I really love Pokémon and Godzilla. One of my favorite games is The Last of Us, Part II. A compelling and well-written story is always welcome.