- Tencent’s potential mobile game based on Elden Ring is raising concerns due to its similarity to the controversial Diablo Immortal, which faced backlash for its monetization structure and mobile device exclusivity.
- Elden Ring’s design philosophy, which avoids microtransactions and emphasizes challenging gameplay, makes it ill-suited for a heavily monetized mobile game like Genshin Impact. Introducing such monetization could taint the unique qualities that made Elden Ring popular.
- While an Elden Ring mobile game could be a lucrative venture for Tencent and a competitor for Genshin Impact, replicating the dark and complex worldbuilding and challenging gameplay of Elden Ring in a mobile gacha game would be a difficult task. The potential backlash from fans may outweigh the benefits for Tencent.
Nothing has been officially announced, but recent reports suggest that Tencent could be making a Genshin Impact-style mobile game based on Elden Ring. Considering the creative backbone of Elden Ring, alongside the gaming community’s reverance for the IP, this concept seems questionable and could wind up following the path of the wildly controversial Diablo Immortal.
Like Elden Ring, the Diablo franchise has historically been held in high regard by gamers, even following Diablo 3‘s troublesome launch. However, the IP’s reputation took a bit of a dive with the contentious Diablo Immortal, which was maligned from the moment it was announced at 2018’s BlizzCon. Fans of the franchise had been waiting for a new Diablo game for years, and the reveal that Immortal would be a free-to-play game, restricted to mobile devices, sparked a wave of discontent. Early concerns turned out to be warranted, as Immortal would make headlines for its particularly egregious in-game purchases and monetization structure. Assuming this Tencent-backed Elden Ring mobile game is truly in the works, history may repeat itself.
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Microtransactions and Mobile Gaming Are Antithetical to Elden Ring’s Design Philosophy
News of Tencent’s possible Elden Ring mobile game is sure to come as a surprise to many FromSoftware fans, as it’s hard to think of many IP less suited to the mobile platform. Reports that the game will be taking notes from Genshin Impact, a heavily monetized gacha game, make the whole situation even more puzzling.
Elden Ring, aside from being a well-crafted game that follows FromSoftware’s pedigree of challenging and obscure experiences, was so well-received because it bucks many of the most controversial trends of AAA gaming, including microtransactions. Introducing such monetization, on top of things like a seasonal content model and the MMO conventions associated with games like Genshin Impact, would most probably taint what makes Elden Ring a one-of-a-kind-game.
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Tencent purchased licensing rights for Elden Ring in 2022, so it’s only natural that the company would be looking for a return on its investment. The mobile gaming sector is immensely profitable, Elden Ring has a massive, dedicated fan base, and Genshin Impact has been a runaway hit since it launched. Taking all these factors into consideration, it’s easy to understand why an Elden Ring mobile game following Genshin Impact‘s lucrative business model seems like a great idea on paper. Indeed, for a gaming giant like Tencent to make more of a splash in the world of mobile games, a Genshin Impact competitor could be just the ticket, but perhaps not with the Elden Ring IP.
The dark and complex worldbuilding of Elden Ring, delivered in FromSoftware’s typical, mysterious style, is something that would be difficult for any third-party game to replicate, let alone in a mobile gacha game. Atmosphere, storytelling, and expressive, challenging gameplay reign supreme in Elden Ring, and it’s hard to imagine how these facets could be adapted to a game taking cues from Genshin Impact, which follows a wholly different framework.
The thing is, a free open-world mobile game to rival Genshin Impact, offering a unique take on the formula by introducing a darker atmosphere, more mature themes, and an emphasis on challenging combat, isn’t the worst idea. Genshin Impact‘s core gameplay loop, beautiful art style, and steady stream of content have proven to be a hit with gaming audiences, so the game is bound to inspire similar titles, which will hopefully iterate on its foundations. However, most Elden Ring fans will likely reject this take on the IP, and the backlash Tencent could suffer from this adaptation may be more trouble than it’s worth.
Elden Ring is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set in a world co-created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creator of the influential Dark Souls video game series, and George R.R. Martin, the author of the best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. This collaboration between two renowned creators has resulted in FromSoftware’s largest game to date, filled with danger and discovery at every turn. Hidetaka Miyazaki, president and game director of FromSoftware, has a history of directing highly acclaimed games in franchises such as Armored Core and Dark Souls.
- February 25, 2022
- Online Co-Op , Online Multiplayer
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 58 Hours
- Platforms That Support Crossplay
- PS4 & PS5 and Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- PS Plus Availability