Yasuhiro Kitao States Elden Ring is in Final Stages of Development; Gameplay Details Provided

While Elden Ring did not officially appear at the Tokyo Show Game 2021, it was briefly mentioned by From Software’s community manager Yasuhiro Kitao during a Dengeki interview as part of TGS 2021.

Yasuhiro-san explained during the stream that Elden Ring will not have “errand quests,” and players are free to explore wherever and whenever they want. The map system will also be unconventional, allowing players to pick up pieces of the map as they progress.

When inquired about the game’s difficulty, Kitao said he’d be lying if he said it was easy, but it’s not difficult for the sake of being hard. He believes Elden Ring will be more accessible than previous From Software games because there will be many options to tackling combat, such as stealth, cooperative play, spirit summons, etc.

Yasuhiro-san ended the interview by thanking everyone for their patience during the two years since Elden Ring was initially announced. The biggest takeaway from the short interview is that Elden Ring is now entering the final stages of development and is progressing quite smoothly.

Elden Ring will be releasing on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on January 21, 2022.

For more information, check out the interview in full Japanese with Yasuhiro-san at the Tokyo Game Show 2021 below (timestamp 32:42):

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