From Software Announces Elden Ring Delay

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From Software Announces Elden Ring Delay

October 18, 2021

By: Joseph Allen

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Developer From Software has announced an Elden Ring delay. The open-world RPG was originally due to launch in January next year, but you'll have to wait just a little bit longer to experience Hidetaka Miyazaki's newest epic.

What is the reason for this Elden Ring delay?

This news comes to us via the official Elden Ring website. In a blog post on the site, publisher Bandai Namco reveals that Elden Ring's "depth" and "degree of freedom in strategy" have necessitated a delay in order to make "final adjustments". As such, Elden Ring is being delayed by around a month so that the devs can spruce it up and make sure it's fit for prime time. Hey, we've waited this long already, right?

A combat scene in Elden Ring
Pictured: From Software slashing the hopes of anyone who wanted Elden Ring to launch next January.

There's a silver lining to this cloud, though: From Software has also announced an upcoming Elden Ring network test. Signing up will give you a chance to stress test Elden Ring's online servers and features ahead of the game's release next year, as well as giving you a first taste of the open-world gameplay. The network test will take place across five sessions, each of which will be dictated by Central European Time (CET). You can see when the sessions take place below.

  • Session 1: 12pm - 3pm, November 12th 2021
  • Session 2: 4am - 7am, November 13th 2021
  • Session 3: 8pm - 11pm, November 13th 2021
  • Session 4: 12pm - 3pm, November 14th 2021 
  • Session 5: 4am - 7am, November 15th 2021

When is the new Elden Ring release date?

Luckily, given that Elden Ring was originally announced more than two years ago, we don't have to wait too much longer than anticipated. The new Elden Ring release date is February 25th 2022, just over a month after its original release date of January 22nd. Here's hoping that extra month gives From Software the time to polish Elden Ring and that another delay won't happen.

 
 
The player exploring a cave in Elden Ring
It's only an extra month before you get to find out what wants to murder you in this cave.

Elden Ring is a new action RPG from Dark Souls and Bloodborne creator From Software. Developed in tandem with A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring expands the Soulslike formula, offering players a huge open world to explore. While the game isn't a straight sequel or followup to Dark Souls, it'll still have the traditional layered dungeons players are used to from the series.

A delay won't come as good news if you're excited for the game; Elden Ring was originally announced in 2019, with two years of silence following before a gameplay trailer was finally released earlier this year. Thankfully, the delay isn't too significant, so you'll still be able to get your hands on this one early next year. Still, this will inevitably mean more waiting on tenterhooks to make sure From Software isn't going to delay it any further. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.

How do you feel about this new Elden Ring delay? Will you be participating in the network test? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.

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