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Elden Ring Has Gone Gold With Confirmed 30 Hour Playtime

A screenshot from Elden Ring depicting a gargantuan golden tree, filtering rays of gold sunlight down on castle ruins.

Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware have announced that their highly anticipated action RPG Elden Ring has gone gold. The announcement came via a video presentation focusing on gameplay and its development, as part of the Taipei Game Show 2022.

Yasuhiro Kitao, a producer at FromSoftware, stated that while Elden Ring was delayed from its original release window in January 2022, it will “…be ready for sale on February 25th.” He continued, further stating that “The master version has already been submitted, and right now, the team is working on a day one patch to make sure everything in the game is just so.”

Kitao also commented on the playtime of Elden Ring, stating that the main story of the game should “…be able to be completed in around 30 hours…” with an added confirmation that players who intend to explore more of the Lands Between beyond its main story will experience “…dozens more hours of gameplay…”

The presentation also contains a significant Q&A section, posing questions to Kitao who confirmed a number of additional insights about the development of Elden Ring, with key points listed below:

  • The story of Elden Ring will be akin to previous FromSoftware titles (Dark Souls, Bloodborne) in which players will piece together the history of the world through exploration and subtext. Kitao stated that the background of the game will be easier for players to understand, by virtue of its extensive cast of NPCs threaded throughout the story for players to uncover.
  • A classless system is in place for Elden Ring, where players will be potentially able to master all aspects of magic, martial, and ranged combat mechanics.
  • Replayability will be a focus with Kitao confirming that the game will have a New Game+ feature and that players will not need to explore everything within its world to complete its main story.

The full presentation is a spectacular watch on its own, especially for players wanting to prime themselves for Elden Ring hype in the coming month. Check it out below!

Elden Ring is set to launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC systems, via Steam. Stay tuned to RPGFan for all news Elden Ring and RPG!

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Trent Argirov

Trent Argirov

Trent is a news editor for RPGFan. If not writing news or lending a voice to the odd podcast, he can be seen, in the Australian wild, drinking copious amounts of iced coffee, working on various manuscripts, and keeping the occasional wandering cat company. His video game backlog stretches far and wide, and sources swear he's slowly working on it, one day at a time.

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