Elden Ring's Official Launch Date Gets A One Month Delay, Closed Network Test Starts This November

FromSoftware's newest title Elden Ring, developed in collaboration with Game of Thrones torture artist and author George R.R. Martin, has been postponed by a month.


It was announced by the game's publisher, Bandai Namco, that the game's previously announced release date of January 21, 2022 would be pushed back to February 25, 2022, citing "the depth and strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations." It has also been announced that players can sign up for a chance to experience Elden Ring early through a multiplatform / multigeneration Closed Network Test beginning on the 12th of November, which should alleviate some of the pain of the lengthy wait.

Elden Ring is a departure from the formula that has produced FromSoftware's most successful titles, such as Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series, among others. In addition to more traditional storytelling courtesy of George R. R. Martin and veteran game director Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game is open-world and features more traditional gameplay.


The closed network test will provide players with an opportunity to experience the game's opening hours before it is officially released, while also assisting the development team in testing the game's online servers in advance of its release date. It will also allow for cross-generational interaction. Registrations are now also available for North America, Europe, and Japan. The schedule for the said closed network test is as follows:

North America
  • November 12 from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. PT
  • November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PT
  • November 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT
  • November 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT
  • November 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PT
  • November 12 from 12:00 to 15:00 CET
  • November 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 CET
  • November 13 from 20:00 to 23:00 CET
  • November 14 from 12:00 to 15:00 CET
  • November 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 CET
  • November 12 from 20:00 to 23:00 JST
  • November 13 from 12:00 to 15:00 JST
  • November 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 JST
  • November 14 from 20:00 to 23:00 JST
  • November 15 from 12:00 to 15:00 JST

Here is a quick overview about the game via Bandai Namco Entertainment:

The Golden Order has been broken. Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between.

Elden Ring, developed by FromSoftware Inc. and produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., is a fantasy action-RPG and FromSoftware’s largest game to date, set within a world full of mystery and peril.

Key Features
  • A New Fantasy World – Journey through the Lands Between, a new fantasy world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the influential Dark Souls video game series, and George R. R. Martin, author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Unravel the mysteries of the Elden Ring’s power. Encounter adversaries with profound backgrounds, characters with their own unique motivations for helping or hindering your progress, and fearsome creatures
  • World Exploration in the Lands BetweenElden Ring features vast fantastical landscapes and shadowy, complex dungeons that are connected seamlessly. Traverse the breathtaking world on foot or on horseback, alone or online with other players, and fully immerse yourself in the grassy plains, suffocating swamps, spiraling mountains, foreboding castles and other sites of grandeur on a scale never seen before in a FromSoftware title.
  • Genre-Defining Gameplay – Create your character in FromSoftware’s refined action-RPG and define your playstyle by experimenting with a wide variety of weapons, magical abilities, and skills found throughout the world. Charge into battle, pick off enemies one-by-one using stealth, or even call upon allies for aid. Many options are at your disposal as you decide how to approach exploration and combat.
A free upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version will be available for players who purchase Elden Ring on PlayStation 4, and SmartDelivery will be supported for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.