Elden Ring Release Date and Availability
Few games have enjoyed as much pre-release reverence as Elden Ring, such is the confidence in the ability of developer FromSoftware. The studio has had a stellar record over the past decade. It that wasn’t enough, the outfit has G.R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame joining its venerated president Hidetaka Miyazaki at the helm.
“With Elden Ring, we have applied all our dark fantasy and action-RPG expertise cultivated throughout the Dark Souls series, in order to create a bold, classical evolution of the genre,” says Miyazaki. “We’ve crafted a rich world with a staggering sense of scale, based off of legends written for the game by George R. R. Martin.”
The spiritual successor to the award winning “Soulsbourne” fantasy RPG titles was announced a full two years ago at the 2019 edition of E3. A short teaser trailer offered a glimpse at the premise of the game and the studio revealed that it would be truly open-world, unlike its predecessors. At this year’s E3, the game made another appearance, this time showing off gameplay and finally revealing a release date.
Elden Ring is planned for a release on January 21, 2022. The game will be made available on PC (via Steam), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and Xbox One on the same day.
There has been no mention of differences in visual fidelity across the previous- and current-generation consoles as yet. This ties in with the concern that the game seems unlikely to make full use of new-gen hardware.
Good thing is, visuals have yet to hold back a FromSoftware game. Elden Ring will have sprawling landscapes, claustrophobic dungeons, and “foreboding castles,” with players able to explore through them all seamlessly, on foot or on horseback, solo or with other players, approaching battles head on or with stealth and caution. Oh, and of course there are swamps in the game, too. Miyazaki loves his swamps.