Elden Ring Can Be Finished in 30 Hours But Has "Dozens More Hours" of Gameplay

Elden Ring Can Be Finished in 30 Hours But Has "Dozens More Hours" of Gameplay

Matt Lorrigan

Elden Ring can be finished in “around 30 hours” for players following the main path, FromSoftware's Yasuhiro Kitao has confirmed.

Talking in the same interview in which it was confirmed that Elden Ring has gone gold, Kitao was asked approximately how many hours it would take for players to complete the game.

“This will differ significantly by player,” Kitao confirmed. “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.”

“The game as a whole is quite massive, and contains many dozens more hours worth of gameplay,” Kitao clarified. “But if we're talking about the main route only, it shouldn't take much longer than that.”

In the same interview, Kitao confirmed the inclusion of a Dark Souls-style New Game+ mode, allowing players to take their items and weapons with them into a new game with more difficult enemies. He also said that players will be able to see the vast majority of the game on a first playthrough, but branching points towards the end of the game will mean that players will require more than one playthrough to see them all. Again, that's very similar to games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

You can watch the full interview down below. Elden Ring is launching on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on 25th February 2022. 

  • No doubt, but not everyone will be able to do so nor will they just hammer straight through without doing loads of exploring. Veterans will probably easily do so. Not to mention, it will like require 3 playthroughs to plat.
  • Will it have NPC questlines that require studying a Wiki before attempting, lest you break them in a blind playthrough?

    Of course it will. Just like it will have NPC questlines that conflict with one another and cancel out items required for trophies, no less than 3 poison swamps, long suspension bridges, weird Japanese horror character designs and themes that are just recycled / minimally re-envisioned in every single From game, a dour pessimistic knight NPC, a waifu who levels you up, Patches, and a shitty camera. Don't forget the newest addition to the franchise, big flailing beasts with infinite stamina.

    All of these games are the same, and I've played too many of them. I just platinum-ed DS3, and I think I'm done with From for about ten years.
  • But how long does it take me to see "everything"? :P
    Why shoukd I pay 80 euros for a game I can finish in 30 hours? That's certainly not worth more than 15. Like, is there even content in this game?

    [/s] ... if itsn't obvious.
  • @c1ned1ne - ha, honestly I've see enough comments like this over the internet that I'm programmed to assume thet they're being completely sincere, so the /s is appreciated!
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