Elden Ring, future GOTY? : the point on this real phenomenon which is a hit on social networks

By bfnadmin  | Date: 2022-05-03

      
    Elden Ring, future GOTY?  : the point on this real phenomenon which is a hit on social networks
                    By Laurent P., Rizhlaine F. Published May 4 2022 at 15h12 

Could Elden Ring become the video game of the year? Since its release with great fanfare at the end of February 2022, the work of the Japanese studio From Software seems be a favorite for gamers. Reactions and gaming sessions are invading social networks en masse while players salute this challenging game with colossal success. So, Elden Ring, more than a game, a social phenomenon? We take stock!

Since its release at the end of February 2022 , the game Elden Ring is a huge success. A true masterpiece from Japanese studio From Software, this action-RPG in open world conquered the planet gaming. On social networks, reactions, memes, and game sessions invade the feeds. With such enthusiasm, could Elden Ring become the GOTY (Game Of The Year) 2023?

And for good reason, it is very difficult to miss the phenomenon. It must be said that From Software saw things big. From the outset, players can customize their character and create their hero from scratch. From the tutorial phase, the immersion begins, taking us through dark caverns. Then we finally arrive at the open world and we fully grasp the scale and beauty of the graphics of the game. Enough to arouse a shiver of excitement for players eager for exploration .

A software that stands out...

But what characterizes more precisely Elden Ring... is its difficulty. It was to be expected, after all From Software is also behind Dark Souls, a now cult try-hard. But the realm of the Underworld in which Elden Ring takes place ) pushes the experience even further: the players face ultra-challenging bosses in an open world that offers them the freedom, between two failures, to increase the level of their character by facing other enemies and exploring the map, before trying again, incessantly, until they win victory.

And this is the key to the success of Elden Ring: a level of difficulty such that when the player finally wins, it gives him a feeling of joy commensurate with the efforts made. The taste of winning is irresistible. This could well allow Elden Ring to win the title of best game of the year!

More than a game, a social phenomenon!

A real social phenomenon, now never seen before, given the figures that speak for themselves: Elden Ring is the best-selling game in the History of the studio, which is saying something. About two weeks after its release, it had already passed 12 million copies worldwide. An undeniable success therefore, for the most anticipated game in 2022.

On the ratings side, in the specialized media, it is also full board with high scores almost everywhere: 18/20 for jeuxvideo.com, 06/ for the Daily Mirror, 12/06 for IGN, same for Game Spot , The Guardian, Game Informer... A real tidal wave, amplifying the phenomenon and the excitement around the software. A nice conjecture that pushed players to get the game.

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And on the social networks, although the game has been out for a while, the tidal wave continues, especially on TikTok which to date has more than four billion views on the hashtag #eldenring. Among the videos that work, those showing players defeating a difficult enemy, with such satisfaction that the desire to share their exploits with the whole world is particularly strong.

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    @skatebearding #eldenring #livestream #fail #fyp ♬ original sound - skatebeard
    Other videos that are a hit, those exchanging tips on weapons, glitches or secrets to unlock to make your life easier in the game. More "practical" videos, the research of which is necessary if you want to progress in the software . Such a craze that developers around the world are now trying to unravel the mystery of such a success.

    7080707364244032810 @blerp Reply to @irokangi This ones as secret as Jada smiths love life. #eldenring #eldenringsecrets #eldenringtips #eldenringhype ♬ Great Gray Wolf Sif - Motoi Sakuraba

    Why a such success?

    Getting started, secrets of all kinds hidden in the corners of the map, level of difficulty... A reflection on which cursor to move to arouse the interest of gamers was born within the community of developers and other game designers, at the occasion of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, which was held at the end of April, as reported by the journalist Jason Schrier, from Bloomberg.

    Why is Elden Ring so popular? The answer may well be Swen Vincke, at the head of Larian Studios, who has it found, explaining, still according to Jason Schrier, that what seems to make the success of the game are the secrets to be discovered that it contains.

    A risky strategy to put in place, at a time when the deadlines for releasing a game are getting shorter, but on which the Belgian studio has rushed for its future opus in the open world. Proposing secrets so difficult to find that only very few players will unearth them is a bet that the studios seem to want to take for their future apps, with the idea of ​​replicating the success of Elden Ring.

    When gaming and word of mouth meet...

    What also makes the success of the game are also the discussions that arise between players about the different secrets to be discovered. Each explains to the other how he found this or that artifact, how he arrived at this or that glitch. Encouraging others to continue exploring also continues to generate interest outside of the game, and to keep it intact for a while, until a very large chunk of players have discovered them. And on that side, Elden Ring has enough to last for quite a while, as the secrets inserted into the heart of the game are numerous, and difficult to unearth.

    The game could even use the difficulty of finding these secrets to maintain interest around the game, even if all of them have been found. And for good reason: these being particularly difficult to find, and the number of secrets not having been revealed by the studio, nothing prevents them from maintaining the mystery around their research.

    A formula that seems to be winning for the moment for From Software, having found the right recipe for its game. All that remains is to transform the test for the other studios which, by trying to reproduce the Elden Ring formula, they may succeed in finding their own... And the success that comes with it!

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