Hidetaka Miyazaki Just Debunked A Major Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Time Travel Theory

Turns out Shadow of the Erdtree won't take place in either past or future.

Hidetaka Miyazaki Just Debunked A Major Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Time Travel Theory

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  • Elden Ring fans have been speculating which point of the timeline Shadow of the Erdtree is set in, with many believing it's either the past or future.
  • FromSoftware boss Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed Shadow of the Erdtree takes place during the same time as the base game.
  • The story of Marika's past and the shadow lands will be told through FromSoftware's signature fragmented storytelling format.
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The setting of Shadow of the Erdtree, Elden Ring‘s long-awaited expansion, has been a topic of hot debate since the trailer aired a few weeks ago. While we do know that the DLC will take place in an all-new map called the shadow lands, the timeline is a bit unclear.

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Where there is uncertainty, there are fan theories. Many have theorized that the expansion will take us into the past or the future, depending on whether a certain scenario has occurred. However, FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki has doused water on all the speculation.

Time Travel Hopes Discarded

Elden Ring's DLC will take place in the same timeline as the base game.
Elden Ring‘s DLC will take place in the same timeline as the base game.

Shadow of the Erdtree has sparked a flurry of fan theories, one of the most prominent being the inclusion of time travel. This speculation stemmed from the expansion’s promotional material, featuring an image of a seemingly younger Miquella.

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However, in an interview with Famitsu, FromSoftware boss Hidetaka Miyazaki dispelled this notion, offering absolute clarity on the DLC’s timeline.

No, it takes place in the same time as the main title. The setting is not in the distant past or future. The shadow lands and Queen Marika’s past will be told in the same manner as The Shattering was in the main title.

There it is. Confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth that Shadow of the Erdtree will take place within the same timeframe as the base game. This effectively debunks the possibility of revisiting The Lands Between in a different time period, be it past or future.

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Shadow Of The Erdtree Will Delve Deeper Into Marika’s Backstory

We'll get to learn more about Queen Marika in Shadow of the Erdtree.
We’ll get to learn more about Queen Marika in Shadow of the Erdtree.

Miyazaki’s clarification brought closure to the time travel theory but raised curiosity regarding the presentation of the “shadow lands” and Marika’s past. When questioned about their narrative exploration, Miyazaki stated they would be handled similarly to The Shattering’s portrayal in the main title.

This implies that players won’t directly experience Marika’s past or venture into the shadow lands; instead, they’ll likely encounter information through item descriptions, environmental storytelling, and potential NPC interactions. This approach aligns with FromSoftware’s signature fragmented narrative style, encouraging players to piece together the story through exploration and deduction.

One can expect the expansion to explore the lingering questions surrounding Marika’s motivations, the circumstances of Godwyn’s demise, and Miquella’s condition and whereabouts. Coupled with the origin of the shadow lands and their connection to the Erdtree, the DLC seems to be a compelling expansion of Elden Ring‘s world.

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Shadow of the Erdtree may reveal the true reason behind Godwyn's demise.
Shadow of the Erdtree may reveal the true reason behind Godwyn’s demise.

Ultimately, while Shadow of the Erdtree won’t offer players a literal journey through time, it promises a deeper exploration of the game’s existing lore and timeline, as well as new bosses, weapons, and abilities.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree launches on 21 June 2024 for PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Series X/S, and PC.

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A lifelong gamer, lover of cars, and Master's student of Automotive Journalism, Viraaj Bhatnagar is a gaming writer at FandomWire who aims to be one of the greats. When he's not hunched over on his laptop typing out copy, he can be found lapping circuits in Gran Turismo or slaying draugr in God of War.