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How Long Does It Take To Beat Elden Ring?

After what has felt like a lifetime, it was finally confirmed that "Elden Ring," the next game from Hidetaka Miyazaki and the team at FromSoftware, is in fact a real game. There has been plenty of speculation as to why nobody has seen the game since 2019. During the Summer Game Fest games showcase, it was revealed that "Elden Ring" will release January 21, 2022. While many fans have been poring over the trailer's smallest details looking for any crumb of information they can, Miyazaki has been making the rounds, talking to different outlets about what exactly the game entails.


In an interview with IGN, Miyazaki explained the layout of "Elden Ring," informing fans that the new title will be much more open than previous "Souls" games. He said that the game will have six major areas, each ruled by a demigod, which serve as some of the bosses in the game. While players can tackle these different areas in any order, there is actually an overall intended order to the quest. He also said that some of the stranger enemy designs are the result of George R.R. Martin's contribution to the game.

Perhaps most interestingly, Miyazaki explained how long it might take to fight your way through the various areas and enemies of "Elden Ring."

How long to beat Elden Ring?

During an interview with Famitsu (translation via TheGamer), Miyazaki also said that it should take players roughly 30 hours to complete "Elden Ring."  For comparison, previous FromSoftware hit "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" takes about 29 hours for mainline, while "Bloodborne" takes about 34 hours to mainline. Of course, Miyazaki added that this 30-hour count would be ignoring bosses and content, so most players will come in higher than that.


Plus, the 30-hour estimate may not be accounting for some gamers who might struggle with the typical difficulty level found in a FromSoftware game. Miyazaki also said that the game features multiple endings, so anyone looking to get the complete story from "Elden Ring" will need to play through it multiple times. Of course, a New Game Plus mode has always been a big part of FromSoftware titles in the past, so players are probably bound to play through more than once anyway.