Elden Ring, Closed Beta: dates and times, how to participate and everything you need to know

In a few days the Closed Beta on Elden Ring, thanks to which we will be able to preview the latest work by FromSoftware and Miyazaki on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One before the debut in stores, scheduled for February 25, 2022.

In this article you will find all the details related to the Closed Network Test that will take place this week, including dates and times of each session, as well as some tips and information suggested directly by FromSoftware.

Elden Ring: how to participate in the Closed Beta

Elden Ring, a wyvern, are you ready to face her in the beta?

To participate in the Elden Ring Closed Beta is must have requested it on the dedicated page of the game's official website in recent weeks. In fact, it is currently no longer possible to register and therefore obtain an invitation. It is not clear if in the future there will be a second phase of beta testing, perhaps open to everyone and also available for PC. Obviously we will not fail to update you on the Forwargaming.com pages in case of news about it.

Those who have completed this step may receive a invitation by email to the address provided at the time of registration. Bandai Namco has already started distributing the codes, also in Italy, so, if you haven't done so yet, check your e-mail box, (even in the spam section, you never know). Keep in mind that the Elden Ring Closed Network Test is a limited number, meaning a limited number of users can participate. For this reason, registering for the beta does not automatically guarantee access, unfortunately. If you have not yet received the email from Bandai Namco, do not despair, in fact it is possible that the invitations have not been sent all together or that they are sent in different time slots depending on the platform.

In the email received from Bandai Namco you will find a code for download the client for free of the Closed Beta to be redeemed in the PlayStation Store for the PS5 and PS4 versions or in the Xbox Store for the Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One versions.

Elden Ring: dates and times of the Closed Beta

Elden Ring, Storm Storm Castle

The Elden Ring Closed Beta will open its doors on Friday 12 November. It will take place over five sessions, lasting three hours each, with the last one set for Monday 15 November. Each session will be active in different time slots, which unfortunately in most cases are not exactly convenient for Spanish players.

The following dates and times of all Elden Ring Closed Beta sessions:

  • 1 session: Friday 12 November, from 12:00 to 15:00
  • 2 session: Saturday 13 November, from 04:00 to 07:00
  • 3 session: Saturday 13 November, from 20:00 to 23:00
  • 4 session: Sunday, November 14, from 12:00 to 15:00
  • 5 session: Monday 15 November, from 04:00 to 07:00

Elden Ring, what contents are present in the beta?

Elden Ring, a suggestive panorama of the Interregnum

FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have not revealed particular details on what awaits us in the Closed Beta of Elden Ring. We know this is a necessary test to put game servers to the test. This means that it will be possible to play in multiplayer, then invoke other players in your game or invade or be invaded by other users, a bit like in the Dark Souls series and Demon's Souls.

Elden Ring supports the crossplay between platforms of the same family, therefore PS5 and PS4 or Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One users will be able to play together on the same servers.

We expect a tutorial phase that explains, in broad terms (as per FromSoftware tradition), the basic game mechanics. Despite the similarities with the Dark Souls series, Elden Ring introduces new elements, such as the stealth mechanics and the movements and fighting in the saddle of Reima, the ghostly steed of the Without Light.

For the rest we are quite certain that it will be possible to explore a portion of theInterregnum, or the open world of Elden Ring, and who knows maybe even delving into one or more dungeons, characterized by a more linear exploration.

Likewise we expect to be slaughtered ... er, to be able to face a good number of enemies and some of the bosses of Elden Ring, in order to become familiar with the combat system and perhaps accumulate the necessary resources to upgrade the character and equipment, so as to be able to test the development system of the Without Light.

Elden Ring: the beta classes

Elden Ring, the Lightless will be able to face enemies on horseback

A few days from the start of the beta, FromSoftware has unveiled on Twitter the 5 classes that we will be able to use in the beta: that is the Warrior, the Enchanted Knight, the Prophet, the Champion and finally the Bloody Wolf.

These are presets made by developers that allow players to have more than adequate equipment and magic available to face the challenges of the Closed Beta. After all, each session lasts only three hours, so it would be impossible to create a build from scratch.

At the moment the details of the aforementioned classes are not known, but from the images shared by FromSoftware we understand that the Warrior will be equipped with light armor and armed with a sword and two sabers. The Enchanted Knight is a rather peculiar combination: he is a knight with massive protective armor, but he would appear to be specialized in the use of magic and armed with a magical rod. The Prophet instead wears a filthy tunic and relies on a club and a wooden shield. The Champion uses light armor and fights with what appears to be an ax. Finally, the Bloody Wolf equips a Claymore and a light iron shield and wears armor that protects him from head to toe.

Elden Ring, From Software's introductory guide ahead of the beta

Elden Ring

A few days before the start of the Elden Ring Closed Beta, FromSoftware shared on Twitter a short guide to the basics of the game, probably to prepare players for the Closed Network Test, offering some interesting information.

First, with each death we will resurrect in the last "Place of Grace", or the "bonfires" of Elden Ring, where we rested. Unlike the Dark Souls series, in FromSoftware's new work there are checkpoints, represented by the Statues of Marika. At the time of our character's death we can decide to resurrect one of them if it is nearby.

Also interacting with some Places of Grace will activate a "Ray of light", that is a luminous trail that will show the Without Light the way to go to reach the next goal. Of course, you can ignore this hint and freely explore the Interregnum, it's part of the charm of the game, but since the beta sessions only last three hours, this mechanic could be particularly useful for you.

Another difference from the Dark Souls series is the presence of stealth mechanics. It will in fact be possible to crouch to hide from enemies, which is particularly effective in tall grass. Also, attacking an enemy unaware of your presence will inflict much more damage than normal.

Finally, the last tip that FromSoftware offers us is related to the mechanics of broken posture. Some attacks can break enemies' posture, which will give you the opportunity to perform a particularly deadly critical attack. According to shared information, charged attacks and jump attacks allow you to more easily break the posture of enemies.

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We remind you that Elden Ring will be available for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One starting February 25, 2022.

The last few days have been full of news regarding FromSoftware's new work. A long gameplay video of Elden Ring commented in Spanish was unveiled last week and the various physical and digital editions were revealed, including collector's editions, as well as pre-order bonuses. Not only that, details regarding resolution, framerate, graphics modes and any ray tracing support for each platform on which the game will be available have been announced.

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