Elden Ring 'mobile version' reportedly in development by Tencent 1

Tencent is allegedly developing a mobile version of Elden Ring to cater to fans on the mobile platform.

A recent Reuters report mentioned that China-based Tencent is allegedly working on a mobile version of Elden Ring and making The Lands Between accessible through mobile phones. Reuters’ sources added that the company wants to make it a free-to-play game with in-app purchases similar to HoYoverse’s Genshin Impact.

The sources, who asked for anonymity as they weren’t permitted to talk to media, also admitted that while Tencent started developing Elden Ring’s mobile version in 2022, progress has been slow thanks to the game’s design. 

Development for the mobile version of Elden Ring started in 2022, when Tencent acquired 16% – a minority stake – of FromSoft’s shares, per Kotaku. The company then assembled a team of a few dozen people to work on a prototype. However, Elden Ring, a game that offers a complete experience after a one-time purchase, is at odds with Tencent’s desired model, slowing progress down. 

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Interestingly, Elden Ring isn’t the first game Tencent attempted to turn into a mobile game with in-app purchases. The company previously shelved a mobile game based on Square Enix’s Nier franchise in December 2023 over monetization concerns. 

Tencent and FromSoft didn’t respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. Regardless, many Elden Ring and FromSoft fans are less than happy about a potential mobile version of Elden Ring. Some in the r/GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit believe that Tencent will make players pay 99 cents to chug down a Flask of Crimson Tears to heal their character. 

Meanwhile, others compare Tencent’s attempt to create a mobile version of Elden Ring to Activision Blizzard’s development of Diablo Immortal, drawing parallels in the process. Gamers may recall that many Diablo players were disappointed that a then-newly announced Diablo game would be mobile-exclusive, prompting an audience member to ask the development team if it was “an out-of-season April Fools joke.”

Either way, Tencent’s attempt to make The Lands Between accessible to mobile phones could end without any results, as evidenced by the axing of its Nier project. Reuters mentioned that Tencent became more conservative in developing games based on another company’s franchise as growth in the gaming market and “a hefty royalty fee” can make such a game barely profitable.

Additionally, China’s approval system for video games could take months or years before it gives its approval – time that could make a game irrelevant once it’s released. Only time will tell if Tencent will also axe its Elden Ring project to save costs and put its focus elsewhere. 

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