In short: Bandai Namco has announced the upcoming closed-loop testing of FromSoftware’s latest dark fantasy RPG, Elden Ring. However, the news also came with a delay in the final release date of the game by about a month.
FromSoftware says Elden Ring’s launch needs to be extended from January 21 to February 25, 2022. In the meantime, the developer plans to conduct a closed network test, consisting of five “sessions”, lasting several hours each day from November 12 to 14 on consoles. … Bandai Namco marked this ad with a sign short teaser and a new screenshot (top). Those wishing to take part in the network testing must register before November 1.
ELDEN RING will release on February 25, 2022, as the depth and strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations. Thank you for your trust and patience. We look forward to welcoming you during our Closed Network Testing in November.
V #ELDENRING Command
– ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) October 18, 2021
Bandai Namco specifies the network test session time shown on registration page… Time is Pacific. The first two will take place early in the morning and late in the evening on Friday 12 November. The third session will take place in the middle of the next day, and the last two will take place on Sunday morning and evening. The online test will run on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series. Elden Ring is also coming to PC, but FromSoftware hasn’t scheduled PC network testing.
Someone on the weekend a leak about 30 seconds of new frames from Elden Ring. According to a forum post on ResetEra referencing the now-deleted YouTube channel hosting the footage, he appears be from the Xbox One version. It doesn’t show much – just a player character running and jumping in the open air with a compass at the top of the screen – two features that weren’t present in Dark Souls or Bloodborne. From Software introduced jumping in their games in their latest game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.