Elden Ring has gone gold, and we now know the answer to one of our most pressing questions. Producer Yasuhiro Kitao recently spoke on how long it will take to beat the game during a recent interview. Players may expect a long voyage due to the game’s open-world aspect, and it appears that it will at the very least hold up to prior FromSoftware titles.
Kitao claimed in an interview at the Taipei Game Show that the primary route of Elden Ring will take roughly 30 hours to complete. He did underline, though, that the game is enormous, and that those who chose to explore the side content would find dozens of hours of additional content.
Elden Ring should have the same level of replayability as the Dark Souls series. It will include a New Game Plus mode, which increases the difficulty with each subsequent playthrough. Furthermore, Kitao claims that completing the game in one playthrough is impossible due to branching paths near the finish, forcing the player to choose between multiple options.
Players will be able to carry over their progress into a new playtime and face tougher opponents thanks to New Game Plus. “Because the world is so large, the game is built in such a way that it can be cleared without having to experience everything.” Some players will opt to try to explore the entire map the first time they play, while others will save some places for later cycles.”
However, experiencing everything Elden Ring has to offer in a single playthrough will be difficult. “Technically, it’s impossible to achieve 100 percent since there are branching points at the finish,” Kitao explained, “but you can surely get quite close.” This could be similar to Dark Souls 3, which offered several endings depending on the decisions made, but only time will tell if it is. As a result, FromSoftware’s Souls games are infamous for taking numerous playthroughs to gain particular weapons, and Elden Ring may be no exception.
Elden Ring is out on February 25th for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and PC. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.