Elden Ring Seems to Be the Latest in a Long Line of Bad PC Ports

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Those of you who have been following the reviews for Elden Ring this week have probably been convinced by now that FromSoftware’s newly released fantasy action RPG is capable of turning wood into gold and solving world hunger, but apparently, nobody bothered mentioning that it’s another relatively crappy PC port that plays better on consoles.

Elden Ring appears to be playable, sure, but there are tons of players on forums and social media complaining about a variety of issues, which naturally include the usual inconveniences such as bad frame frames, control problems, and general performance hiccups.

The Steam forums, in particular, are quite the riot right now, with some players complaining about how the game won’t even launch for them, while others just think it’s pretty stupid how FromSoftware decided to make the game open world, one that’s supposedly pretty damn bland. The drama follows through to Elden Ring’s store page, which currently lists a Mixed response for the game based on over 30,000 reviews, an amusing contrast from what the average critic seems to be shilling.

Another thread on reddit is filled with Elden Ring players who want their money back and are calling for others to hold FromSoftware accountable for its apparently lame PC effort.

Despite the suck-ups who have raised their shields to say that FromSoftware has done no wrong or gets a pass because the game is super new, Bandai Namco has confirmed that Elden Ring certainly has its problems based on a new post on its official site that admits to performance issues in Elden Ring.

Mouse issues? Check. Anti-cheat problems? Check. Frame rate problems? Of course. Even the PS5 version is screwed up, in that games may not save correctly.

Elden Ring is arguably another one for the sales pile.

A message about some performance issues in ELDEN RING (Bandai Namco)

Thank you very much for playing ELDEN RING and for your feedback.

We are currently experiencing some issues that are preventing the game from playing properly under some conditions.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your patience.

Main items to be revised

  • Regarding the problem of the mouse being too sensitive in the PC version
  • We will be sending out a patch for this issue in the near future.
  • Regarding the problem of Easy Anti-Cheat failing to launch when the Steam account name includes a multi-byte character (e.g., kanji).
  • We are aware of the cause of this issue and will be providing a patch in the near future.
  • Regarding the phenomenon of frame rate and other performance-related issues during gameplay
  • We will be constantly working to improve the game so that it can be played comfortably on various PC environments and platforms.
  • For the PC version, updating your graphics card drivers to the latest version may significantly improve performance.
  • About the phenomenon of game data that does not save correctly in the PlayStation 5 version
  • If the PS5 console is unexpectedly turned off while playing a game or in rest mode, saved data may not be saved correctly.
  • We are aware of the cause of this issue and are working on a patch to correct it, but until the patch is released, please save your game manually by exiting the game regularly.
  • Game data will be saved correctly if you quit the game by opening the system menu using the OPTION button and selecting “Quit Game,” then press the HOME button to return to the PS5 home screen and quit the game application once.

We are also working on a few other bug fixes and performance improvements as needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact our support team if you encounter other issues.

Tsing Mui
News poster at The FPS Review.

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