Elden Ring Mobile is likely happening & FromSoft fans won’t like it

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Tech conglomerate Tencent Holdings is reportedly working on a mobile version of the critically acclaimed Elden Ring and longtime fans of its likely plans.

Elden Ring’s success proved why Soulslikes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. FromSoftware continues to perfect the formula that gave gamers Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The studio blends challenging gameplay with beautifully subtle storytelling and lore in a way that many studios have unsuccessfully tried to emulate.

FromSoftware’s games have typically offered a complete one-time experience with strong replayability. That approach isn’t really what Tencent does, however. If Tencent’s reported plans for Elden Ring’s mobile version come to fruition, the final product would be almost antithetical to what fans loved about the game and the Soulsborne line in general.

Is Elden Ring getting a mobile port?

Tencent is reportedly working on a mobile version of Elden Ring, though it has not been officially announced.

Reuters reports that Tencent wants a mobile adaptation of Elden Ring to combat Genshin Impact on the mobile market. FromSoftware has never released a game on Android or iOS. Reuters’ sources claim that development on the mobile project has been slow. Tencent is said to be having difficulty adapting Genshin Impact’s profit-minded F2P model to Elden Ring’s streamlined experience.

Though Tencent Holdings isn’t the most talked-about company in gaming, it’s the biggest by many measures. The Chinese conglomerate wholly owns a number of major gaming studios, most notably League of Legends publisher Riot Games. It also owns sizable minority stakes in Epic Games, Ubisoft, and Elden Ring developer FromSoftware. Its studios have adapted numerous popular gaming franchises into heavily monetized mobile games, such as PUBG Mobile and Pokemon Unite.

The company recently saw its stock price dip over proposed changes to laws in China regarding how games are monetized, which was followed by the changes being rolled back and quiet resignations from some of those involved. Tencent’s CEO also served as a high-ranking politician in the country.

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Genshin Impact

Elden Ring has sold over 20 million units as of February 2023. With the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC over the horizon, the hype for the game continues to soar. If Tencent wants to capitalize on Elden Ring’s name, the mobile game needs to come out sooner rather than later. 

When is Elden Ring Mobile’s release date?

Elden Ring mobile has not received an official release date. Although the project reportedly exists, it’s not guaranteed to see the light of day.

The project has reportedly been in the works since 2022, around the time Tencent acquired a stake in FromSoftware. The move is said to be driven by Tencent looking to add a major new title to its “aging” lineup of mobile games.

Could an Elden Ring mobile game be good?

Elden Ring would be very difficult to adapt into a mobile game for multiple reasons.

Fan speculation has honed in on the idea of turning Elden Ring into a gacha game similar to Genshin Impact, driven by loot boxes and using the game’s lore and aesthetic as a skin over existing mobile game concepts. Others jokingly suggested that Tencent would charge the player per revive. Tencent recently began transitioning one of its recent acquisitions, Dying Light 2, into a full live-service game, something that fans have been frustrated with.

The game could potentially be adapted from a technical perspective. While mobile games often have a cartoonish aesthetic to downplay the technical limitations, Death Stranding launched a mobile version that leaves the game’s look intact. Genshin Impact showed that fast-paced, open-world gameplay can work on modern mobile devices, so it’s likely that something akin to the console experience.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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