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Elden Ring DLC on the Horizon: A Trail of SteamDB Clues and Hollowed Hopes

Hold onto your Estus flasks, fellow Tarnished, because the Elden Ring community is buzzing with excitement and uncertainty. Recent backend updates on ...

George Marston Feb 02, 2024
Elden Ring DLC on the Horizon: A Trail of SteamDB Clues and Hollowed Hopes


Hold onto your Estus flasks, fellow Tarnished, because the Elden Ring community is buzzing with excitement and uncertainty. Recent backend updates on the Steam database have ignited speculation about the highly anticipated Shadow of the Erdtree DLC. And this time, my friends, the evidence seems more compelling than ever before. Let's embark on a journey through the labyrinthine world of SteamDB and decipher the cryptic clues that suggest a significant update is on the horizon.

Delving into the Steam Database:
In a whirlwind of activity, an entry with the "[DLC]" tag has appeared in multiple categories of Elden Ring's SteamDB history. Now, before we don our tinfoil hats, let's understand what this means. A depot, as explained by Steam's documentation, is a collection of files bundled together for delivery. Adding a depot with the "[DLC]" tag doesn't trigger an instant release on Steam, but rather organizes it for developers to tinker with behind the scenes.

The Mysterious Categories:
Among the mishmash of categories like "pd-9" and "pd-7," the appearance of an "[DLC]" entry in categories such as "qa-release," "qa-debug," "dev-release," "dev-debug," and "development" has caught our attention. While "development" has seen mentions of DLC in the past, this marks the first instance of its appearance in the debug and QA categories since May 2023. Could this mean that FromSoftware has reached the final stages of DLC development? The signs certainly point in that direction.

Unraveling the SteamDB Chronicles:
To gain a broader perspective, I delved into the update history of other Steam games with recent DLC. While it's not a perfect comparison, it provides some useful insights. Games like Dead by Daylight have consistently listed "[DLC]" in categories such as "shipping-live-external" and "public-test" prior to a DLC release, often around three weeks in advance. The similarity in SteamDB patterns suggests that FromSoftware might be finalizing a substantial content drop for Elden Ring.

The Enigmatic DLC Speculations:
Now, let's address the elephant in the room. Could this mysterious DLC mention be something other than Shadow of the Erdtree? While it's not entirely impossible, it seems highly unlikely. Previous updates leading up to substantial content releases, like the PvP arena, followed similar patterns in the dev and QA categories. However, they weren't explicitly labeled as DLC. This leads us to believe that the current DLC file is indeed the long-awaited Shadow of the Erdtree or a remarkable departure from FromSoftware's nomenclature.

The DLC Excitement Builds:
As we approach the two-year anniversary of Elden Ring's release, the anticipation for DLC has reached new heights. While the excruciating wait has been both a blessing and a curse for us action RPG enthusiasts, there's a glimmer of hope that soon we'll be plunged back into the mystical realms of Elden Ring.


From the depths of the Steam database, the breadcrumbs of Elden Ring's DLC journey have emerged. The appearance of an "[DLC]" entry in various categories, alongside comparisons to patterns seen in other games, fuels our excitement for the Shadow of the Erdtree's impending release. So, my fellow Tarnished, prepare your weapons, reinforce your armor, and brace yourselves for the next thrilling chapter in the Elden Ring saga. The wait for the DLC may have been long and arduous, but the promise of new adventures beckons us forward. May your Estus flasks never run dry, and may your journey through the Elden Ring continue to be filled with awe-inspiring challenges and unforgettable triumphs.

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