There is a video circulating that purports to show a datamined secret seventh ending of Elden Ring that has never been seen before – but as cool as the video is, it’s unfortunately fake.
Spoilers follow for the end of Elden Ring — Read at your own risk!
The video, posted conveniently around April Fool’s Day by Elden Ring YouTuber Garden of Eyes, shows the alleged ending of Age Absolute. The first half of the video is the same as other endings where the Tainted reattachs Marika’s severed head to her body. The differences begin when a hand with five fingers appears in the background behind them as they do.
The scene then switches to the throne room, which is shown at other ends, but instead of the tainted seated on the Elden throne, the hand with five fingers is present, with the tainted appearing to worship it. The voiceover that plays is also the same as other endings, except for the last line: “The Age Absolute”.
There is actually precedent for people who believe in a hidden ending to Age Absolute. As Elden Ring dataminer ZullietheWitch tells IGN, among the other ending subtitle files is a subtitle for “The Age Absolute,” right after “The Age of Order” — one of the endings you can get through normal gameplay. However, Zullie believes this is an alternate reading of the same line rather than a separate ending. Not only are there no text prompts or cutscene files for it in the game’s files, but other ending subtitles appear to have similar alternative text versions that aren’t used, so there’s precedent.
Also, Zullie says the “Usher the Age Absolute” prompt shown in the video Garden posted doesn’t actually exist in the game’s files.
How was this cutscene put together then? Garden didn’t respond to our request for comment in time, but based on Zullie’s background information and discussions on Gardens Community Discord, it’s not too difficult to piece it all together. The first half of the ending with Marika is exactly the same as other endings.
The giant, five-fingered hand doesn’t appear anywhere in Elden Ring, sure, but it just appears to be an amalgamation of the models for the Two Fingers and the Three Fingers, both characters you can encounter at various points in the actual game. The last shot of the Tainted One worshiping the five-fingered hand could easily be a shot taken with a free camera of the Tainted One making the gesture of rapture.
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And the voice output? That little bit could be real. According to Zullie and several members of Garden’s Discord server, the voice line comes from actual in-game data. But again, given its similarities to other lines, it’s probably just an alternate version of Age of Order dialogue that wasn’t used.
Sure it’s fake, but it’s pretty damn cool to imagine, especially in a game where so much is still being discovered on a daily basis. And luckily, there are several other endings you can pursue with various obscure requirements and meanings – we have a guide for all of these here.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
https://www.ign.com/articles/someone-modded-elden-ring-age-of-absolute-ending Someone modified a clever recreation of the missing Elden Ring Age of Absolute ending