Yuka Kitamura Returns for Elden Ring
Silence and nothingness. That is what we are currently dealing with in regards to FromSoftware’s next title Elden Ring. Fans of FromSoftware’s titles are drooling at the mouth for any bit of information they can get about the next game from Hidetaka Miyazaki. Well, we finally got our first official tidbit outside of just rumours.
In a tweet earlier today, as of the time of this writing, Yuka Kitamura confirmed she was working on the score for Elden Ring. Now, this might not seem like a big piece of news, but it is a great confirmation for fans of the SoulsBorne series. Yuka previously worked on Sekiro, Dark Souls II and III, and Bloodborne. It is not surprising to see her back for Elden Ring but it might be the best piece of news due to the outstanding body of work she has put forward the past few years.
Why This Matters
There are plenty of criticisms thrown at the soulsborne series for a variety of reasons but one thing that can be almost universally agreed upon is the musical scores are fantastic. They capture the atmosphere of those hopeless dying worlds so perfectly. That sombre and eerie violin immerses you into the experience and keeps you uneasy as you traverse a world overflowing with hazards. Needless to say, it is fantastic to have her working on what seems to be the biggest world Miyazaki has created to date. Listen to an amazing piece of her work here.
What Else Do We Know?
There still is not much information out there about Elden Ring. FromSoftware has been pretty tightlipped about the title since its reveal at E3 2019. Microsoft had an interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki during E3 that divulges some details about the title that you can check out here. In addition to Miyazaki we know the infamous George R.R. Martin has worked heavily on the world and character building of Elden Ring. Criticisms of Martin’s works aside he has consistently built a well fleshed out and deep world with many compelling and nuanced characters.
Elden Ring will focus more heavily on RPG elements than previous titles like Sekiro. It will be an open world experience which is arguably a new direction for these games depending on how you define open world. Miyazaki has stated they aim to make a very dense and atmospheric world that they couldn’t quite realize with the Dark Souls series.
When Do We Get To Play?
Elden Ring was originally slated for 2020 but with everything currently going on it seems likely we will get a delay. I doubt it will be a 2020 release. Hopefully we at least get a gameplay reveal or some additional details soon.
Thinking about all the character and world depth that Miyazaki and Martin can bring to the table and combine that with an amazing score from Yuka and we are all in for an amazing experience. I can already here the music sweeping through my speakers as I enter the next boss arena and I am ecstatic it will be composed by Yuka Kitamura.
That is all there is for now, but check back with Culture of Gaming for more Elden Ring news as soon as its out there.