Elden Ring: FromSoftware addresses the game's lifespan

Just gone gold, FromSoftware celebrates the imminent release of its latest baby Elden Ring during a virtual presentation at the Taipei Game Show 2022. In addition to the official announcement of the end of development—and a new snippet of gameplay prepared for the occasion—its producer Yasuhiro Kaito broached the subject of the title’s lifespan, subject having been pushed a few thorns across the Atlantic after crazy promises quickly put into perspective.

For Elden Ring, expectations are in line with FromSoftware customs, with a lifespan that will depend largely from the curiosity—and tenacity—of the players.

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Thirty hours, and more if you like

Straight to the point, the producer believes that the main plot of Elden Ring should not exceed the 30 hours of play: “ This will change depending on the players ” announces Kaito in an interview transcribed by the site VideoGamesChronicle, “but in terms of the duration targeted during development, we wanted to ensure that the main campaign can be completed in about thirty hours“. Before stirring up the wrath of those rt those who swear by the good old adage of wanting for his money, Kaito specifies that the title taken as a whole promises all the same “several dozen additional hours of play“, which is more or less within the studio’s usual standards.

Like other games studio, several parts of the map—and we imagine, boss fights—will remain optional and can be discovered at will. Finally, the New Game + system, so essential to FromSoftware game aficionados, will also be there. It will allow the most masochistic to transfer their save to a new game with even stronger enemies.

No 100% before evening NG+

Another interesting detail that should make fans of the 100%: you will have to start a new game after having finished the game for the first time to be able to discover the game in its entirety. “Technically, it is impossible to finish the game at 100 % given that there are different paths towards the end” explains Kitao, before adding that it will nevertheless be possible “to get closer” of the sacrosanct 100%.

The release of Elden Ring is expected for the 25 next February on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.