Elden Ring Merchant Looks Like Santa Claus In Gameplay Video

New gameplay footage from Elden Ring's Closed Network Test showcases some of the locations, bosses, and NPCs from the full game, including a merchant who bares an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus. While the jolly man in red may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a FromSoftware game, Elden Ring’s Merchant Kalé NPC could change that when the game releases next year.

After months of silence from the developer, a flood of interviews and official Elden Ring footage has been released in recent weeks. New gameplay shown earlier in November gave fresh looks at the open-world Lands Between, the game's combat, and its fearsome Soulsborne bosses. This gameplay preview included the introduction of NPC Alexander (aka The Iron Fist), a literal talking pot and potential ally.

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An early Elden Ring Closed Network Test gameplay video from YouTuber VaatiVidya gives an extensive look at the area of Limgrave and other locations, as well as the enemies and NPCs who inhabit them. This includes Merchant Kalé, who's set up shop in the Church of Elleh. While Kalé is dressed in some protective chainmail, it's difficult to not draw immediate comparisons between him and Santa Claus thanks to his red, fur-trimmed cape and hat combo. More threateningly, the video also shows off some of the enemies and bosses that will likely be come across during Elden Ring playthroughs. Many of these were previously unrevealed, such as the Tree Sentinel, which can found at the start of the playtest. Despite being found so near to Elden Ring's presumed beginning, these enemies are not to be approached lightly, as they can overpower players with a mix of physical and magical attacks. Wolves also roam the Lands Between and will savagely maul players if given the chance. Meanwhile, an epic fight against boss Margitt the Fell Omen takes place near the video’s close.

All in all, there is a lot of Elden Ring to unpack in VaatiVidya's video. While many will have to wait until February 2022 to play it, the Elden Ring Closed Network Test will go live for a select group of registered users on November 12. Codes for the Elden Ring network test were recently sent out to lucky participants, but it would also appear an even more exclusive group of content creators and critics have been given early access to the playtest, resulting in the above early footage.

Creators like VaatiVidya are proving much sought-after insight to Elden Ring and the colorful characters that inhabit the Lands Between. While it may not be quite the same as getting a hands-on experience with the game for those who have been left out, the Elden Ring Closed Network Test and the gameplay videos that follow may help make the wait for Elden Ring’s release a bit more bearable.

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Elden Ring will be available for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 25, 2022.

Source: VaatiVidya/YouTube

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