Is the Elden Ring DLC at Risk After Bandai Namco Announce Multiple Cancellations?

Luckily, Shadow of the Erdtree is in development.

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  • Bandai Namco announces that it has canceled multiple games that were in development to focus on quality.
  • This worried Elden Ring fans about the DLC, but the publisher has said that Shadow of the Erdtree is still in the works.
  • The Shadow of the Erdtree expansion was rumored to release this February but is still without a release date.
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The wait for Elden Ring DLC Shadow of the Erdtree has been a long one for the fans and is still ongoing, as there have been no updates from Bandai Namco and FromSoftware on the release date. There were a few leaks in the past month suggesting that the release was imminent, but recent revelations from Bandai Namco seem to put the expansion at risk.

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Publisher Bandai Namco has announced that it has canceled several games that were in development to overcome its losses with a change in strategy, and it has worried fans that this might also have some implications for the already-announced Elden Ring DLC.

Bandai Namco Cancels Five In-Development Games

Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco cancels multiple games, worrying fans about Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.
Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco cancels multiple games, worrying fans about the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.

Elden Ring DLC was announced in 2023 and has been in development since then with no release date. Fans have been clamoring for some details on the expansion, but the developers have remained silent. The publisher revealed during a recent Q&A session following its latest financial report that it has canceled “at least” five games that were in development.

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The company said that it is changing its approach to game development and will now focus on quality. It further stated that it had to cancel these games due to their high development costs and following its internal rules taken into consideration during the evaluation of projects in development.

It added that the company’s disappointing financial reports for underperforming games were also a major reason for the cancellation of the titles. The company revealed that it recorded a 96% fall in income as compared to 2022 and an 8.9% fall in year-over-year sales of games.

Is Elden Ring DLC in Trouble With the Game Cancellations?

The publisher revealed that the Elden Ring DLC is still under development.
The publisher revealed that the Elden Ring DLC is still under development.

The changes announced raised questions about the Elden Ring DLC’s development, but the publisher eased the minds of fans by saying that it is still working on Shadow of the Erdtree and games in the Dragon Ball series, urging players to “look forward to it.” It said:

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We are preparing a lineup of titles under development, including large-scale downloadable content for Elden Ring and a new game for Dragon Ball.

The Elden Ring expansion was rumored to release this February around the game’s second anniversary, but the parent company of FromSoftware said that it is still in development and does not have a release date, meaning that the expansion in no way could be released this February.

There were several other leaks, such as the collaboration between Thrustmaster and Bandai for Elden Ring-themed controllers, backend Steam updates, and more, all pointing to a February 2024 release, but they were all quashed by Kadokawa.

Elden Ring is one of the best-selling titles for Bandai Namco, and the release of the DLC will probably help bring its financials back on track. Are you looking forward to the DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree? Let us know in the comment section.

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Rohit Tiwari is a Gaming Journalist and Editor at FandomWire. With a Master's degree in Mass Communication, Rohit combines academic insight with a passion for the games and the stories they tell. He is an ardent supporter of Real Madrid and when he's not busy playing games, you'll find him reading or idolizing the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo.