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On Monday, developers of Elden Ring FromSoftware assured fans that the game is still on track for its Feb. 25 release date on Taipei Game Show. This was right after the Dark Souls games experienced a troubling RCE exploit. FromSoftware developer Yasuhiro Kitao told fans that Elden Ring will take roughly 30 hours to beat. However, this time could be doubled depending on how much players do inside the game.

Kitao also stated that Elden Ring features a huge map. This allows fans to either blow through the main storyline or deeply explore the world that FromSoftware has created. If players opt for the latter choice, they’ll be spending multiple days in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring’s game length

“This will differ significantly by player, but in terms of the targets set during development, the idea is that the main route should be able to be completed within around 30 hours,” Kitao stated on the show. “The game as a whole is quite massive, and contains many dozens more hours worth of gameplay, but if we are talking about the main route only, it shouldn’t take much longer than that.”

With any FromSoftware game, though, game length is relative to each player. This is mainly due to the fact that players will likely die many times trying to defeat a boss or multiple enemies at a certain section. The developers have accounted for this, though.

“We have identified a number of difficult spots, places with lots of enemies or powerful foes, as points at which many players will die and need to reattempt that challenge,” Kitao said. “The player is able to select the option of respawning very near the spot of their death for these locations. This kind of measure is another example of the team’s efforts to implement systems to mitigate player stress caused by the sheer magnitude of the game map.”

It seems that fans can expect their deaths to directly affect the overall amount of time it takes to beat Elden Ring. From what the developer is saying, though, players won’t be forced to slog through a 50+ campaign. If they want to rush through the story in 30 hours, they can do so. However, the option also exists to spend more than double that time dying to every enemy in every corner of the “massive map.”

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