September 5th, 2023 at 04:41 #47561JimmyParticipant
A silly and unsettling image of a smiling moon has been discovered in-game by an Elden Ring player. FromSoftware’s 2022 smash-hit Elden Ring, which won Game of the Year at The Game Awards, has been celebrated by many as one of the best games ever made and has enjoyed incredible sales success. With Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon out the door, Elden Ring fans are eagerly awaiting any news from FromSoftware regarding the game’s upcoming Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.
The commenters under the post sounded off on what they thought this silly moon could be a reference to. The most popular mention was of Yoko Taro, creator and director of the Drakengard series and its beloved Nier spinoffs, who publicly sports a large round mask of the Nier character Emil, which looks a lot like a moon. Others brought up the iconic scowling moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. The Spacer’s Choice Moon Man mascot from Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds was also mentioned, and one user even added the 1902 film A Trip To The Moon by cinematic pioneer George Melies to the conversation.
Out of all these possibilities, this strange moon is in all likelihood a fun nod to fellow Japanese game director Yoko Taro, as it most closely resembles the awkward, scrunched smile of Emil’s mask from Nier. It’s impressive that players are still finding interesting and silly tidbits in Elden Ring’s massive open world a year and a half later. The much anticipated Shadow of the Erdtree DLC is sure to provide tons more for Elden Ring players to discover.
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