Elden Ring Lets Its Open World Speak for Itself Yahtzee Croshaw Extra Punctuation

Elden Ring Lets Its Open World Speak for Itself – Extra Punctuation

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This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee discusses why the open world in Elden Ring is such a success — and why so many others still are not.

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I was a little bit dismayed by the response to my video about how open worlds are dead and killing innovation the way a zombie attempts to spread the agony of its putrefying status to others. Because I saw a lot of comments along the lines of “Ooh but what about Elden Ring?” “Bet Elden Ring’ll make you change your tune!” “Elden Ring would like a word!” Listen, dickheads: In prior times you’d have been saying “Cyberpunk would like a word!” or “No Man’s Sky would like a word!” There’s always a next big thing, usually it disappoints and occasionally it’s everything that was claimed, but either way what follows is the same: everyone stops talking about it after a month or so and latches onto the next upcoming release with the profile or the marketing budget to selfishly hog all the headlines around launch day, declaring that this will be the one that finally turns our lives around. The names change but the cycle is forever.


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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.