'Elden Ring' Release Date: The Time Xbox, PlayStation and PC Owners Can Play

After years of waiting, the launch of Elden Ring is just around the corner, and we now have a confirmed release time for the much-anticipated role playing game (RPG).

Developed by FromSoftware (the team behind the notoriously punishing Dark Souls franchise), Elden Ring was first announced way back at E3 2019. Featuring creative input from Game of Thrones scribe George R. R. Martin, there was good reason for fantasy enthusiasts to get excited about this game, even if its initial trailer was rather cryptic.

There weren't concrete details about its story or mechanics, nor was there any in-game footage to go by either. All we knew was that it was a collaborative effort between a beloved studio and an acclaimed author, which was enough to pique everybody's interest.

After that momentous reveal, there was a long stretch of radio silence, and we didn't hear anything tangible about Elden Ring's development for a couple of years. That was until the project made a triumphant (albeit overdue) comeback at the Summer Game Fest in 2021.

Here, we discovered a lot more about the title and how it would compare to its FromSoftware stablemates. While it retains much of the core gameplay from Dark Souls —including the emphasis on stamina bar management, the online summoning feature, and the general combat system (not to mention that it even recycles a few animations from older games)—it has crucially evolved upon the formula too.

For instance, Elden Ring introduces horseback exploration and mounted combat into the mix. It is also far less linearly designed than Dark Souls, with a proper open-world structure that benefits from day-night cycles and even dynamic weather. Plus, it takes a leaf out of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's book by letting you approach encounters more stealthily.

Differences aside, Elden Ring is still guaranteed to offer that signature FromSoftware challenge that we have all forged a love-hate relationship with by now. The environments are riddled with devious traps, boss fights promise to be near-insurmountable and there's a token poison swamp area that is sure to test your patience.

With that in mind, you will need to put in a ton of hours to master this game and learn its various intricacies. Luckily, you will be able to get a hard start with that grind if you preload Elden Ring early ahead of launch. Here is everything you need to know.

What Time Is 'Elden Ring' Playable on Xbox and PlayStation?

Publisher Bandai Namco has unveiled a graphic on Twitter, indicating precisely when Elden Ring will launch in each global territory. While the game is technically slated for release on Friday, February 25, some players will be able to get it a little early.

The console version of Elden Ring unlocks at the stroke of midnight on Friday, irrespective of where you live. This means that some countries will inevitably get it a bit earlier than others, as time zone differences mean that the likes of Australia and Europe get to 12 a.m. before North America does.

How to Play 'Elden Ring' Early on Xbox

If you are on Xbox, you can trick the system by adjusting your machine's internal clock so that it is on New Zealand Daylight Time. For those in ET zones, you will then be able to get to midnight 18 hours earlier than you should.

You can do a similar cheat on PlayStation, but you will need to set up a New Zealand PSN account for this to work.

When Is 'Elden Ring' Playable on Steam?

While the console version of Elden Ring unlocks at midnight local time, the PC edition's launch is globally synchronized.

Adjusting your machine's clock won't make a difference, but you will still get the game early as it is coming out on Steam at 11 p.m. UTC on Thursday, February 24. This translates to 6 p.m. ET or 3 p.m. PST.

To clarify, this is when Elden Ring unlocks in the United States for each platform:

PlatformRelease Time
Xbox One / Xbox Series X12 a.m. local time on February 25 / 6 a.m. EST on February 24 (with New Zealand cheat)
PS4/ PS512 a.m. local time on February 25 / 6 a.m. EST on February 24 (with New Zealand cheat)
PC / Steam6 p.m. ET on February 24

'Elden Ring' Preload Release Time

You can preload Elden Ring ahead of time so that it's ready to play as soon as it unlocks in your given timezone.

For PC and PlayStation owners, the option to do this will become available 48 hours prior to the game's official release. For Xbox owners, you can do it right now.

Here is when you can preload Elden Ring in the United States:

PlatformPreload Starts
Xbox One / Xbox Series XNow
PS4 / PS512 a.m. local time on February 23
PC6 p.m. ET on February 22
Elden Ring Screenshot
An image showing a towering enemy in "Elden Ring." The RPG is set to launch on February 25, although you can access it a bit earlier than that. Bandai Namco