Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP
If you want to play Elden Ring the second it's released, you'll want to pre-order a digital copy of the game.
If you buy a digital copy of Elden Ring you should be able pre-load it onto your platform of choice ahead of the game's release date in January.
Pre-loading the game files ahead of time will allow you to jump right in when the game unlocks on January 21st. Those of you in western time zones should be able to play starting on January 20th.
If you buy a physical copy you won't get your delivery until the morning, afternoon, or night of January 21st. For some of you, that might not be ideal.
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