Bad news today, as FromSoftware delayed the much-anticipated Elden Ring. Initially slated for a January 2022 release, the game will now release in February. Luckily it’s only a small four-week delay. However, fans desperate to get their hands on the fantasy RPG will certainly be disappointed. There is a silver lining, though, as a beta was announced, set to take place next month.
Elden Ring Delayed To February 2022
Yes, the long-awaited Elden Ring will need a little more development time before it’s ready to launch. Previously bookmarked for a January 21, 2022 release, it’s now set to launch on February 25. It’s a minor delay, which FromSoftware put down to development issues. In a statement released on Twitter today, the studio said the game’s scale “exceeded initial expectations.”
ELDEN RING will release on Feb 25, 2022, as the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations. Thank you for your trust & patience. We look forward to seeing you experience the game in the Closed Network Test in Nov.
The #ELDENRING Team
— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) October 18, 2021
However, a delay of just a few weeks is certainly a good sign. 2021 has been the year of big-name delays. More often than not, they’ve been substantial ones, too. Deathloop went from a May 2021 release date to September – and was a better game for it. Since the Elden Ring delay is much shorter, you can assume there’s less that needs tweaking. Of course, after the debacle of last year’s Cyberpunk 2077, most fans would prefer to wait for a polished game rather than play something full of bugs.
Nonetheless, Elden Ring fans will definitely wish they could speed up time. The long-awaited game finally comes after years of rumors and anticipation. It was first announced at E3 2019, before years of radio silence. This was broken with this June’s Summer Games Fest, where a reveal trailer dropped. The game unites Director Hidetaka Miyazaki with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, for a fantasy epic.
While nobody likes to hear about delays, it’s good for fans that it’ll only be a few extra weeks. Elden Ring is still coming as hoped – just slightly behind schedule.
Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.