For those hoping to finally go in on Elden Ring early next year, you are going to be waiting a tad bit longer. Bandai Namco announced today the RPG will be now releasing on February 25th, 2022, delaying the game by a month.
Elden Ring's release was originally slated for January 21st, 2022, though Bandai Namco stated today via a press release that the RPG was being delayed as the result of a game whose depth and "degree of freedom in strategy exceeded the initial expectations, hence it has been decided to extend the development time for final adjustments."
However, select fans will be able to jump into Elden Ring a little early, with a closed network test taking place ahead of launch. In fact, the test will be happening here next month, spanning a few days on the weekend of November 12-14th. Players will need to register for the closed network test, which will be courring across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series consoles. No word on whether or not PC players will also be able to take part
Players can register for the test on the official Elden Ring website, though you'll only be able to register through November 1st. Elden Ring has been hotly anticipated since it was first announced a few years ago. The brainchild of Dark Souls developer FromSoftware with a world built by "A Song of Ice and Fire" series creator George R. R. Martin, the action RPG has long been a game that Souls fans have been looking forward to ever since its initial announcement. While the delay is certainly going to be something that makes some upset, delays in of themselves aren't always a bad thing.