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Can you play Elden Ring offline?

The game features multiplayer, but is it an online-only experience?

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Quick Answer: Yes, an option in Elden Ring’s settings menu allows you to play offline or online. Just note the game will still require an internet connection to verify your account before allowing you access to the full game.

FromSoftware’s open-world action RPG Elden Ring has made its way to gamers’ hands.

The game has received tons of high praise and even allows you to play with friends. This begs the question, can you play Elden Ring offline?

Like previous games from FromSoftware, Elden Ring features multiplayer online play. You can team up with friends to take on some of the game’s mighty foes or even fight against each other in PvP.

When you play online, you’ll also see tons of messages on the ground from other players. They can sometimes be helpful, but many like to troll (try finger, but hole).

That can frustrate the experience and lead gamers to want to play offline. So, is Elden Ring available offline?

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Can you play Elden Ring in single-player mode offline?

Short answer: Yes.

Fortunately, FromSoftware knows that not everyone wants the online experience in the game. There’s an option right in Elden Ring’s settings menu that lets you launch your campaign in offline mode.

READ MORE: How to level up in Elden Ring

However, depending on the physical copy version of Elden Ring you own, you may be required to download most of the game’s content.

Some Reddit users claim that even physical copies of the game require a network download to install the full game.

Additionally, there is a day-one patch that fixes many bugs that you will need to be online to install. It’s a good idea to connect to the internet at least once when you initially install the game.

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How to play Elden Ring offline

To play Elden Ring offline, head to the pause menu and go to System>Network, and then look for Launch Setting.

Change this menu item from Play Online to Play Offline. This way, you can have a completely single-player experience.

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Of course, when you’re playing offline, you won’t be able to use the multiplayer features. You can’t summon player allies to your side, and you won’t be able to invade other worlds for PvP.

READ MORE: Elden Ring: Everything to know about multiplayer co-op and PvP

But now that you know how to play Elden Ring offline, you will get a break from the constant barrage of player messages on the ground suggesting that you jump off of a cliff to your death under the guise of hidden loot.

And if you ever want to try the multiplayer features, you can turn online mode back on in the same settings menu.

You may have to log out and back into your character, but you can toggle Elden Ring on or offline whenever you want.

READ MORE: How to summon your horse in Elden Ring

If you haven’t snagged this game yet, it’s definitely worth trying out. Elden Ring is available for PS5PS4Xbox Series X|SXbox One, and PC.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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