It looks like were going to have to wait a little longer to see what Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones writer George R. R Martin have been working on for us: Elden Ring has officially been delayed. The good news is that, as far as delays go, this one should be a breeze to wait for especially for those who followed the Cyberpunk 2077 hellish development cycle. While Elden Ring was originally scheduled to be released on January 21, 2022, the upcoming action RPG has been moved to February 25 just over a month later. Developer FromSoftware confirmed the decision in a tweet posted from the official Elden Ring Twitter account earlier today, explaining that the team has delayed the date because the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations, thus requiring more time to perfect.
FromSoftware was quick to respond to the news by revealing an upcoming Closed Network Test that will take place November 12-14 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. According to publisher Bandai Namcos official website, the network test is a preliminary verification test in which the selected testers play / play some of the game prior to game launch, where various technical verifications of online systems will be assessed by conducting large-scale network load tests. All players who wish to try the game are invited to sign up before November 1 for a chance to play it. Registration for the test game will close on November 1.
All of this comes shortly after the gameplay of Elden Ring was revealed on Twitter, demonstrating the games open world, HUD, and overall aesthetics. While were certain the upcoming title will have many of the qualities that make Demon Souls, Dark Soul, Bloodborne, and Sekiro such beloved titles, its worth noting how much Elden Ring differs from its predecessors in how vast and open its world will be, with dungeons scattered throughout the realm and a map, compass,,and waypoints to guide you. For those who werent able to get a chance to play the game during its network test, Elden Ring will be released on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, as well as PC on February 25th.