Update 03/14/22: The Elden Ring speedrun record is now less than 30 minutes.
YouTuber Distortion2 has been playing Elden Ring repeatedly, cutting down his playtime with each run. Today, just four days after he beat LilAggy’s time to claim the new world record, Distortion2 has now rolled credits on Elden Ring in just 28 minutes and 59 seconds, seemingly the world’s first completion time under 30 minutes.
Elden Ring goes under 30 minutes. What a crazy day! pic.twitter.com/VkG2CCMgGn
— Distortion2 🕐 Elden Ring (@Distortion_2) March 14, 2022
The Elden Ring world record speedrun was seemingly broken twice in one day, with both times clocking in at less than one hour.
YouTube user LilAggy published his speedrun yesterday, where he rolled credits at 59 minutes and 38 seconds. At the time, it appeared to be a new world record. “That could not have been closer,” he said at the time.
That record only took a few hours to be beaten. Distortion2 on YouTube published his own speedrun where he undercut the previous record by ten minutes, rolling credits at 49 minutes and 29 seconds. Even more impressive, Distortion2 claims it was his first attempt at speedrunning the game, and that the category for Any% runs (essentially, reaching the end by any means) could probably go under 40 minutes.
FIRST TO FINISH ELDEN RING IN UNDER 50 MINUTES. This game is going to probably go under 40 minutes 🤣 pic.twitter.com/QDhPu48zx9
— Distortion2 🕐 Elden Ring (@Distortion_2) March 10, 2022
FromSoftware games have been favourites of the speedrunning community since Demon’s Souls on PS3, with players spending years figuring out the perfect strategies and shortcuts.
The original Dark Souls, for example, has been completed in 21 minutes and 17 seconds while Bloodborne’s world record comes in at 21 minutes and 15 seconds.
Elden Ring, as an open world game, is much bigger than the previous FromSoftware titles, but the fact that players have already trimmed what can be a 100 hour adventure down to 49 minutes certainly suggests that there will be hot competition to get close to even smaller numbers.
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In our 10/10 review, IGN said: “Elden Ring is a massive iteration on what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its relentlessly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path.”
To make those choices with the best available information, check out our guide that features everything you could ever hope to know about Elden Ring, including collectible locations, boss strategies, and more.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.