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From Software’s critically acclaimed Elden Ring is coming to mobile as a free-to-play title, according to a report from Reuters. Chinese tech giant Tencent acquired the rights to develop the game for smartphones, which will include in-app purchases.

A challenging market for Tencent

Tencent has invested heavily in the mobile gaming space, with titles like Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile. However, the company faces stiff competition from developers like miHoYo (Genshin Impact) and NetEase (Egg Party). Tencent previously shelved its Apex Legends mobile game and a game based on the Nier franchise.

Monetization and challenges

Tencent plans to introduce in-app purchases into its Elden Ring port, similar to Genshin Impact. This is an interesting choice since Elden Ring is praised for its single-player experience, which may not translate well to mobile. Death Stranding, another critically acclaimed single-player game with pseudo-multiplayer mechanics, recently launched on iOS devices to mixed reviews due to performance issues.

Release date

There’s no rumored release date for the Elden Ring mobile port yet.