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Introduction

Elden Ring is an action role-playing video game (RPG) developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is the collaboration of legendary game developer Hidetaka Miyazaki and acclaimed fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin.

The game is set in a dark and mysterious world filled with challenging gameplay, deep lore, and unique magic systems.

It was finally released on February 25th, 2022 on multiple platforms, including PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

It supports coop with up to 3 players but this left many fans wondering whether it is cross-platform or not. Below, we will discuss everything we know about Elden Ring’s cross-platform support.

So, does From Software allow cross-platform play in Elden Ring?

Elden Ring Photo from Bandai Namco

Is Elden Ring Crossplatform?

Unfortunately, the answer is quite simple.

Elden Ring does not support cross-platform multiplayer between different platforms. We are sure this may be really disappointing for all of us who just wanted to play with our console friends, but there is a caveat. While Elden Ring does not support cross-platform, it supports cross-play to an extent.

In other words, you can play Elden Ring with players from the same platform family. For instance, if you are a PS5 player, cross-play between PS5 and PS4 is supported.

Similarly, if you are an Xbox Series X/S player, you can summon your Xbox One buddies and play missions together.

But this also means that PC players cannot play with Xbox/PlayStation users.

Therefore, there is some crossplay support between the same family of platforms. In other words, cross-gen multiplayer is supported fortunately.

Still, it is quite disappointing not to have proper cross-play support, but like many would say it is important to highlight that some cross-play support is better than nothing.

Like many other games, it is reasonable to think that this decision was made purely due to technical limitations, since allowing other platforms to communicate each other is often difficult to implement.

Many fans are wondering whether this is something that could be added in the future, we will discuss this next.

Will Elden Ring ever be Crossplatform?

So far, we have not heard anything from Bandai Namco on the matter, so the future of crossplatform support is pretty uncertain.

Until an official statement is made, it is not possible to say whether or not the game will eventually have cross-platform support. Players will need to accept the current cross-play state and hope that this might get implemented in the future.

However, this article will be updated as soon as we receive news from Bandai Namco.

How many people can play Coop in Elden Ring?

At the time of writing, Elden Ring supports multiplayer up to 3 players. Keep in mind that, like we discussed previously, it is not cross-platform either, so these 3 players will need to be playing on the same platform family in order to be summoned successfully.

How to play coop multiplayer in Elden Ring?

It is quite straightforward, first of all make sure that both of your friends have internet connections and the multiplayer subscription service is enabled (for Console players).

  1. Open the Game Menu and scroll down to Multiplayer

  2. After doing that, click on Settings and select a Multiplayer password. Make sure that both of your friends enter the same password in order to be in the same multiplayer lobby.

  3. Now that you’ve successfully set the multiplayer password up, everyone except the host will need to use the Small Golden Effigy item in order to start multiplayer.

  4. On the other hand, only the host will need to find the Martyr Effigy. This is a statue that you will need to interact with in order to summon your coop buddies. These are found next to the dungeon entrances.

After following the steps above, you should finally be able to play together with your friends.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Elden Ring does not support cross-platform multiplayer between different platforms, but it does support cross-play to an extent between the same family of platforms. The lack of proper cross-platform support is likely due to technical limitations, and it is uncertain if it will be added in the future.

Like many of us have already noticed, playing Elden Ring can be an incredibly fun and thrilling experience. The dark and mysterious world, challenging gameplay, deep lore, and unique magic systems all come together to create an immersive and captivating game.

Players can work together in co-op with up to three players, taking on difficult enemies and exploring the vast world. The sense of accomplishment from overcoming obstacles and discovering new areas is sure to bring a smile to any player’s face.

Whether you’re a fan of action RPGs or simply enjoy a good challenge, Elden Ring is sure to deliver an entertaining and enjoyable gaming experience, despite not being able to play with your Console friends.