Elden Ring Release date, review, system requirements, price, gameplay and more

Elden Ring Release date, review, system requirements, price, gameplay and more

Elden Ring – the upcoming action RPG title – is set to release this Friday on PC and consoles, bringing the latest Souls-like experience from developer FromSoftware. Considered one of the most anticipated titles of 2022, Elden Ring was created in collaboration with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, who wrote the mythos for the upcoming title. And naturally, in addition, players can expect to see familiar elements from the Souls series and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Starting Friday, players will be able to traverse the Midlands as part of their quest to retrieve the shards of the Elden Ring, also known as Great Runes. Players will have to search for the lost Runes to restore the ring and become the Elden Lord. Elden Ring is expected to feature elements from the Souls series – like rest and fast travel using Sites of Lost Grace (or bonfires) – while adding some notable new improvements.

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Elden Ring is set to introduce combat on horseback
Photo credit: Bandai Namco/ FromSoftware

One of the biggest changes to developer FromSoftware’s Souls-like title Elden Ring is the new open-world design, allowing players to explore six main regions. While previous Dark Souls titles also allowed players to move around freely, it seems that Elden Ring was designed to offer this on a larger scale. The game also features the ability to find and locate places of interest using markers.

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Meanwhile, Elden Ring will also allow players to engage in combat and jump while riding, which can come in handy in certain situations. Summoning will allow players to engage friendly characters to help out in a difficult situation.

In 2019, Elden Ring game director Hidetaka Miyazaki explained how Martin’s fame from Game of Thrones contributed to the game. Martin and Miyazaki had several free and creative conversations in which the director told him about the game, and Martin used those conversations to create the game’s mythos – and the in-between lands in which the game is set.

Martin revealed in 2021 that his writing for Elden Ring was completed while the title was in the early stages of development. “I worked up, you know, a pretty detailed background for them, and then they pulled it out of there, so it really has been several years since I last saw them,” Martin said, adding that he would be “as excited as everyone else to see it.”

With that said, here’s everything you need to know about Elden Ring before it hits consoles PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S/X, and Xbox One later this week.

Elden Ring release date

Elden Ring is set to release on Friday, February 25th on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, and Xbox One.

Elden Ring unlock time

Console players in India will be able to play Elden Ring a little earlier than PC gamers, as the game will unlock for PlayStation and Xbox globally at midnight local time on February 25th, the developer recently revealed.

Meanwhile, PC gamers in India will be able to play Elden Ring from 4:30am IST on February 25th. The game is available for pre-load in India for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X.

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Elden Ring price, editions

The next Elden Ring game costs Rs. 2,499 for the PC standard edition on Steam. Meanwhile, Elden Ring costs Rs. 3,999 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. It is available for purchase on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store websites.

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Players will encounter huge enemies, monsters and creatures in Elden Ring
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Players can also pick up the Deluxe Edition, which includes the full game, along with a digital artbook and original soundtrack. Players who pre-order the game on Steam will receive bonus content, including an adventure guide and a bonus emote that can be used in-game – this can also be unlocked throughout the game.

The Elden Ring Deluxe Edition costs Rs. 2,999 on PC, Rs. 5,800 on Xbox and Rs. 5,699 on PlayStation consoles.

For those wishing to purchase Elden Ring on disc in India, Elden Ring is available from Amazon, Game Loot, Games the Shop and Prepaid Gamer Card.

Elden Ring PC system requirements

Developer FromSoftware announced the Elden Ring PC system requirements in February. They are as follows –

Elden Ring minimum system requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 580 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
  • RAM: 12GB
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Storage: 60 GB

System requirements recommended by Elden Ring

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (8GB) or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Storage: 60GB

Elden Ring gameplay

Players who have played previous Souls titles or Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will find the gameplay in Elden Games quite similar to the aforementioned titles, including casting spells, rolling, and more. However, the game also introduces new gameplay features such as combat while riding a horse.

Those who played the older Souls games will also remember the popular summon feature that allows players to summon allies to aid them in battle. In Elden Ring, players will also be able to summon creatures like spirits, which can be useful in specific situations.

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Elden Ring will offer players a lot of exploration in underground locations, including dungeons
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Throughout the game, players will also have to deal with the natural weather and time-of-day progression, with 24-hour day and night cycles and rain, storms, and snow. The game also features several powerful monsters, including a fire-breathing dragon.

In addition to combat, players will also be able to craft new items on the go. FromSoftware hasn’t shied away from showing users a piece of the game’s history, unlike older Souls titles. However, players don’t have to worry about revealing the plot, most of the game’s plot is still shrouded in mystery.

Elden Ring players can count on multiplayer support in the form of co-op gameplay. This means that players will be able to summon their friends to help them in battle. This is a well-known feature in the Souls series, where players appear as ghosts when summoned.

Duration of the Elden Ring campaign

According to Elden Ring producer Yasuhiro Kitao, Elden Ring has a main campaign that lasts around 30 hours. Kitao revealed that the 30-hour target was actually set during development. “The game as a whole is quite massive and contains many tens of hours more gameplay, but if we’re only talking about the main lane, it shouldn’t take much more than 30 hours,” said Kitao.

Elden Ring trailer

In June 2021, developer FromSoftware revealed the first gameplay trailer for Elden Ring, while revealing the game’s January release date, which was later pushed back to February 25.

In a recent gameplay trailer, FromSoftware gives players a good look at the world of Elden Ring – including the Tarnished, exiled heroes who have fallen out of favor with the Ring. Players get a good look at the enemies and monsters they’ll face in the game, and show off the vast landscapes they can explore in the game. Players can also take a look at some of the classes they can select from, including the new Prophet and Wretch classes. Meanwhile, the launch trailer for the upcoming Elden Ring title has just been released, and it shows off the massive open-world design, as well as some in-game combat, which features elements from previous Dark Souls games. The trailer lasts almost three minutes and shows several battles with monsters and creatures, including huge dragons and crustaceans.

Elden Ring review

According to various reports, the first reviews of Elden Ring will be available from February 23rd at 8:30pm IST / 7am PT / 3pm GMT. Yes, that’s when FromSoftware’s review embargo ends.

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