Elden Ring's colosseums are finally opening in a free PvP update coming tomorrow

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Elden Ring (opens in new tab), the mega-hit action-RPG that is easily my game of the year, is going heavy on PvP with a free Colosseum Update that's set to roll out tomorrow, December 7.

If the name of the update rings a bell, it could be because dataminers uncovered a colosseum (opens in new tab) in Elden Ring way back in March. The leading theory at the time was that it was intended as a battle space for upcoming PvP-focused DLC, and now, here we are.

The trailer says players will "battle for glory in new PvP modes," in not just one but three colosseums, in Limgrave, Leyndell, and the crimson paradise of Caelid. Supported PvP modes will include duels, free-for-all brawls, and team fights. Full details haven't been released yet, but the trailer shows 3v3 battles, and also indicates that spirit ashes can be summoned.

We'll presumably have to wait until the update—technically, the 1.08 update—goes live to get the full details on what's coming, but we'll let you know when we know. And this likely won't be the end of it: More recent discoveries (opens in new tab) by other dataminers pretty strongly suggest that more (and hopefully more substantial) DLC is on the way.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.