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Beware, Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree spoilers are already online ahead of its release this week

Maybe avoid the Elden Ring subreddit for a while.

There’s obviously a lot of anticipation for Elden Ring‘s big DLC expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree, with it scheduled to launch on Thursday, June 20 (or Friday, June 21 depending on your timezone). However, as is apparently typical with any major game release nowadays, footage from the DLC has somehow found its way online, including gameplay of the final boss fight.

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I will obviously not be sharing links to the leaks nor will I describe any of their contents, but the source appears to be a single individual who uploaded clips via Reddit over the weekend. It’s unclear how they were able to access the DLC before launch but, regardless, it’s best you avoid any Elden Ring related subreddits for the time being. Maybe take measures to prevent Shadow of the Erdtree spoilers posts popping up on your Twitter and/or YouTube feeds too.

Bandai Namco might be aware of the leaks as well since, earlier this morning, it shared this message on the official Elden Ring Twitter account: “With the release of the expansion of Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree, please be mindful of spoilers for those who want to tread into the Realm of Shadow with nothing but their determination and their minds unclouded.” Some fans in the replies have also advised caution to anyone who wasn’t aware about the leaks and, thankfully, nobody seems to have shared any of the spoilers either.

It can be frustrating having to curate your social media or avoid it altogether to avoid spoilers like this, but it’s unfortunately become a common, almost mandatory practice given how often leaks like this happen. Not even Nintendo is immune to this, with footage of last year’s The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom leaking online ahead of its launch. Sometimes, such leaks can result in legal action, like what happened with the person who leaked a bunch of info on Grand Theft Auto 6. Although, in that instance, it was because they had hacked and stolen the info from Rockstar Games.

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Michael Beckwith
Staff writer covering all kinds of gaming news. A graduate in Computer Games Design and Creative Writing from Brunel University who's been writing about games since 2014. Nintendo fan and Sonic the Hedgehog apologist. Knows a worrying amount of Kingdom Hearts lore. Has previously written for Metro, TechRadar, and Game Rant.