FromSoftware has shared the slightly disappointing news that its heavily hyped action RPG, Elden Ring, has suffered a minor delay. The game was originally supposed to launch on January 21, 2022 but will now debut around a month later on February 25, 2022. Elden Ring will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on that date.
As explained by publisher Bandai Namco:
The depth of the game and the degree of freedom in strategy exceeded the initial expectations, hence it has been decided to extend the development time for final adjustments thus moving the release date to February 25, 2022.
Important message:— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) October 18, 2021
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
That said, select Elden Ring fans will be able to play the opening hours of the game next month as part of a closed network test. This test is planned to run from November 12 to November 15 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S during the following time periods:
- November 12: 12:00 to 15:00 CET
- November 13: 4:00 to 7:00 CET
- November 13: 20:00 to 23:00 CET
- November 14: 12:00 to 15:00 CET
- November 15: 4:00 to 7:00 CET
Source: Elden Ring