March 2, 2024

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Elden Ring Goes Gold

We no longer need to fear anymore delays for the release of Elden Ring, as the highly-anticipated game from From Software has officially gone gold.

Confirmed by Yasuhiro Kitao at the Taipei Game Show 2022, the game, which is a collaboration from the critically-acclaimed studio and George R.R. Martin. In his statement, Kitao had this to say:
Elden Ring was originally slated for release in January of this year, and it has been pushed back once to February. But please be assured, the title will be ready for sale on February 25. The master version has already been submitted, and right now, the team is working on a day one patch to make sure everything in the game is just so.”

For those who may not know, the term “going gold” refers to when the core development of a game has finished and the game is ready for mass production to meet its planned release date. While this doesn’t mean that work won’t continue to be done on the game, it just means that the game is where the developers want it.

Elden Ring is looking to be a huge release this month after its long development time and much-advertised inclusion of the Game of Thrones author. From Software has made a name for itself for its punishing difficulty, intense enemies, and incredible gameplay. Elden Ring marks the developer moving this formula into an open world, a move that has fans and players excited to see just how From Software pulls this off.

What many players have been wondering is the length of the game, as open world games tend to lean towards a longer runtime when it comes to their stories. Kitao spoke to this as well during the show, saying:

“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.”

Some players may feel that length to be on the shorter side compared to some of the bigger open-world RPG’s out there (looking at you, Divinity: Original Sin II). However, Kitao was sure to mention that this length is just for the main story and that there are “dozens more hours worth of gameplay” for players to tackle beyond that.

It may not all be smooth sailing, however, when the game meets its release date, as some security modders have voiced their concern about the game being ransacked by hackers as soon as it is out.

Speaking to VGC, community member, LukeYui, says they have seen some of the network code for the game and what they’ve seen is more or less identical to that of Dark Souls 3, which may not be a good thing.

“”I’ve had the chance to see code from the closed network test and can already tell you that there are a lot of crashes and vulnerabilities in Elden Ring’s netcode, the exact same ones as in Dark Souls 3… I suspect it’s going to take five minutes for cheaters from Dark Souls 3 to port their scripts to Elden Ring and make release day a hellscape.”

Just last month, the PvP servers for the Dark Souls series had to be taken down after the finding of a dangerous remote-code execution (RCE) bug that allows someone to do whatever they want to a user’s computer. This means bricking the system, installing malware, or ever using its resources for crypto-mining.

It’s something to keep an eye on as we approach the release date of Elden Ring, as a bug of this caliber could be a dangerous tool that really dampens the launch of the game. We will have to wait and see what From Software might have planned for it when Elden Ring releases on February 25th, 2022 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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