Tencent has taken on Elden Ring a shareware mobile
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Tencent has taken on Elden Ring – a shareware mobile version with microtransactions is in development

Fans have been waiting for news about the addition of Shadow of the Erdtree to the open-world fantasy role-playing game Elden Ring, however, according to the publication Reutersfate had prepared a surprise for them of a different nature.

  Image Source: Steam (MrSr3nity_97)

Image source: Steam (MrSr3nity_97)

In an attempt to find a new hit and refresh its gaming lineup, Chinese company Tencent has begun work on a mobile version of Elden Ring, according to three knowledgeable Reuters sources.

According to Reuters, the Chinese giant acquired a license to create a mobile Elden Ring in 2022 and formed a small (several dozen people) team to work on the prototype.

  In 2022, Tencent increased its stake in FromSoftware to 16.3% (image source: Steam)

In 2022, Tencent increased its stake in FromSoftware to 16.3% (image source: Steam)

According to Reuters, the project is moving slowly and, unlike the original source, will be a shareware game with microtransactions. The publication’s informants compare mobile Elden Ring with Genshin Impact.

Reuters notes that the concept of mobile Elden Ring goes against the philosophy of the original game, which offers a complete experience after a one-time purchase. Tencent and FromSoftware did not comment on the situation.

  Image Source: Steam

Image Source: Steam

Previously reportedthat in December 2023, after two years of development, Tencent canceled a mobile game in the universe of NieR – another major console franchise – because it could not find an adequate monetization model for the project.

Elden Ring was released in February 2022 on PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S. At launch, the game cost $60 and in the first 12 months on the market sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

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