Elden Ring Delayed to February

Patience, Tarnished, is a virtue.

by Noah Nelson


Elden Ring is the newest FromSoftware action-adventure RPG that fans have been clamoring for. Unfortunately, the release date has been pushed back. Fortunately, only by just a month. Instead of releasing on January 21 of next year, Elden Ring will now release on February 25.

FromSoftware is the creator of the highly successful Dark Souls game series. You know how “Metroidvania” is a type of game genre based on the popularity of both Metroid and Castlevania? Well, FromSoftware has created its own adage: “Souls-like.” Games that created this category are excruciatingly challenging and unforgiving, offering gamers an unparalleled challenge. From Dark Souls to Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Elden Ring is the newest member of FromSoftware’s original “Souls-like” family.

According to @ELDENRING on Twitter, their decision to push their game back a month is because “the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations,” which does not sound like a bad reason at all. @fromsoftware_pr also chimed in, saying, “Please accept our sincere apologies for keeping you waiting. Your patience and understanding mean a great deal to us.” Because of the chaos of 2020 and 2021, and the failure of Cyberpunk 2077’s accrued delays, the majority of gamers have come to accept when developers push back their games in order to deliver on an even better final product. As long as the final product truly is the best, most complete version, fans will be forgiving and accepting of developer delay decisions.

The reason why Elden Ring has fans so excited, besides it being the newest FromSoftware game, is because it is being co-written by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. Speculation has it that Elden Ring will have a stronger, deeper story filled with mythological lore and fantastical details, the likes of which are evident in George R. R. Martin’s books.

Elden Ring has a unique solution to the subject of difficulty. The option of difficulty in games has been debated back and forth for a while now, but the crushing, unchangeable difficulty of FromSoftware games is the very identity of their experience. For that reason, the workaround in Elden Ring to make it more accessible than ever is to make it open-world. The game will reportedly contain six sections in which players can explore in any order they choose. That means if a player is stuck on a particular area’s boss, they can leave, fight other monsters and bosses, and revisit it when they are stronger or more prepared.

Elden Ring fans also have other good news. Players can sign up to join a closed network test of the game. This limited demo will run from November 12 to November 14. Players need to register before November 1.

Elden Ring will be available February 25, 2022, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC.

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