Elden Ring Network Test Code Controversy Explained

What's happening with the Elden Ring Network Test?

November 8, 2021

Bandai Namco started on November 8 sending confirmation emails for the Network Test of Elden Ring, giving players who won the lottery their codes to participate in the test. However, there have been ripples and debacles about the test on social media, particularly on Japanese Twitter, what happened?

Elden Ring is one of the most anticipated JRPG releases of 2022. It’s a brand new game developed by FromSoftware and directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki. The developers behind Bloodborne, Sekiro, and the Souls series.

However, the spots in the Elden Ring Network Test are very limited, and for good reason. The test isn’t (simply) to have fun with the game, but to help with its finishing touches when it comes to online multiplayer. Most notably stress testing the servers, and helping the developers with various adjustments.

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Scalpers are trying to resell Elden Ring Network Test codes

As pointed out by our Japanese peers at Game Spark, several auction sites including Yahoo Auction now have Elden Ring Network Test codes listed. Several players who won the lottery for the test are reselling their spots for high prices. With some of the highest offers at around 10000 Yen (around $90).

Needless to say, Bandai Namco, in the guidelines for the Elden Ring Network Test, mentioned it’s strictly forbidden to sell or share your spot in the Test. The only exception is being able to trade your code with a friend if you suddenly can’t participate in the test anymore.

Several Japanese fans have been angry and discussing the situation on Twitter. Some pointed out it’s not worth the risk, and it’s best to wait for the game to release in a few weeks anyway. Many also pointed out Bandai Namco will end up noticing the traded accounts and ban anyone who sold their code.

Furthermore, it’s important to note scalpers reselling codes or tickets is a recurring problem in Japan. All live concerts or events in Japan have limited spots, and the only way to buy your tickets is to win a lottery first. Leading to situations like this.

Elden Ring will launch on February 25, 2022, after a delay from its initial January 21 release date. You can always reach me @A_iyane07 to chat about the game. The dates for the Network Test have been revealed as well. You can also check out the game’s new gameplay video if you haven’t yet:

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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