Elden Ring, From Software’s next dark-fantasy RPG not called Dark Souls, won’t release in January 2022 as originally planned. Publisher Bandai Namco announced that Elden Ring has been delayed, but not by much. Elden Ring will now launch on February 25, 2022, with a closed console network test coming in November.
As one may expect, the delay comes as the development team hopes to add further polish to Elden Ring. In a statement, they said “Elden Ring will release on Feb. 25, 2022, as the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations. Thank you for your trust & patience. We look forward to seeing you experience the game in the Closed Network Test …”
ELDEN RING will release on Feb 25, 2022, as the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations. Thank you for your trust & patience. We look forward to seeing you experience the game in the Closed Network Test in Nov.
The #ELDENRING Team
— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) October 18, 2021
Those hoping to start their journey in the Land Between may have to wait a little while longer to see the full scale of Elden Ring, but a select few will be able to get a taste of it November 12-14. There will be five sessions available:
November 12: 3:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. PST
November 12: 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. PST
November 13: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST
November 14: 3:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. PST
November 14: 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. PST
The closed network test is only available for console players on PS4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S. It is also invite-only. Fans can sign up here, selecting their console of choice before filling out a quick survey on their experience with other From Software titles. The test will feature cross-gen crossplay between PS4 and PS5 and Xbox One and Series X|S.
Bandai Namco also released a (very) short teaser trailer for the closed network test, which you can watch over on YouTube.
Elden Ring was first revealed to much celebration at E3 2019. Since then, news about the anticipated RPG from Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author G.R.R. Martin has been relatively scant. Though, the first real gameplay trailer was shown earlier this year, and Miyazaki provided a bevy of new details not too long after that.