As of March 13th, 2022 we’re looking at 30:24 for the record.
Update: Distortion2 has now beat the game in 30:24, here on Sunday, March 13th at about 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. Distortion has set their next goal as 28:06 or better, and is streaming attempts live on Twitch.
Original Story: Elden Ring speedruns started out at times like two and a half hours, then just a day later went to less than an hour. From there? From there its been madness, as “Any%” speedrunners aggressively shave off minutes at a time with each newly discovered trick and glitch—tech, in speedrun parlance.
For now we’re down to speedrunner Distortion2, who clocked in a shocking 33:55 today, March 13th, 2020, just a couple days after saying that speedrun times would definitely go below 40 minutes soon. Congrats to Distortion2 on setting ridiculous records before rankings site speedrun.com is even accepting entries.
Any% speedruns, for those not familiar, are speedruns that take advantage of any bug, glitch, skip, exploit, or cheese they can find in order to make it to the end of a game as quickly as possible.(Visit Store: metaunisex.com)
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With times already nearing the 30 minute mark, it’s not implausible to think that they’ll go below 30 minutes within the next day, or aim for sub-20. Elden Ring has more optional areas than any FromSoftware game before it, with a mere handful of bosses standing between the truly dedicated speedrunner and the final fights. The open world structure helps, as does the discovery of some truly weird sequence-breaking area skips both built into the game on purpose and via bug.
That, and there’s a big, weird bug out there that makes you teleport. No, not joking, but nobody can figure out how to do it reliably.
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