Update: Distortion2 has now beaten the game in 30:24, here on Sunday, March 13 at around 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT. Distortion has set its next target at 28:06 or better, and is streaming attempts live on Twitch.
Original story: Elden Ring speedruns started at times like two and a half hours, then a day later they went down to under an hour. Of the? From there, it went insane, as “Any%” speedrunners aggressively whittled down the minutes with every new gimmick and glitch—tech, in speedrunning lingo.
For now we are at the speedrunner Distortion2, who clocked a shocking time of 33:55 today, March 13, 2020, just days after he said speedrun times would definitely drop below 40 minutes soon. Kudos to Distortion2 for setting ridiculous records before ranking site speedrun.com even accepted entries.
Any% speedruns, for those unfamiliar, are speedruns that take advantage of any bug, glitch, jump, exploit, or cheese they can find in order to get to the end of a game as quickly as possible. .
With times already approaching the 30 minute mark, it’s not unlikely that they’ll drop below 30 minutes the next day or aim for less than 20 minutes. 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 really weird sequence-breaking zone jumps both built into the game on purpose and via bug.
That, and there’s a weird big bug there which teleports you. No, I’m not kidding, but no one knows how to do it reliably.