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Elden Ring starting classes and performance mode revealed

Elden Ring
Elden Ring (Image credit: Bandai Namco)

What you need to know

  • The starting classes that will be available to Elden Ring network test players have been revealed.
  • The list of classes include the Warrior, Enchanted Knight, Prophet, Champion, and Bloody Wolf.
  • It has also been revealed that Elden Ring will have a Graphics Mode for 4K gameplay as well as a Performance Mode for 60 FPS.

In a recent Tweet, developer FromSoftware showed off the starting classes that Elden Ring players can expect to choose from when the upcoming Elden Ring beta network test goes live. These classes will influence what types of armor, weapons, and spells a character is effective with at the start of the game, though we expect that, like Dark Souls and Bloodborne before it, Elden Ring will allow players to branch off and create hybrid builds if they want to.

Based on the images of each starting class, it looks like FromSoftware have created a healthy variety of different starter builds for fans to use. The classes include the Warrior, Enchanted Knight, Prophet, Champion, and Bloody Wolf (you can have a look at them in the Tweet below).

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Notably, the Warrior, Enchanted Knight, and Bloody Wolf classes were all visible in the new Elden Ring gameplay footage that was recently shown. Based on the footage, the Warrior is a lightly-armored class with dexterous weapons, the Enchanted Knight is a medium-armored class that uses a combination of magic and melee attacks, and the Bloody Wolf is a heavily-armored class that makes use of a greatsword and a small shield. The Prophet looks to be a lightly-armored class with strength weapons, while the Champion looks like another lightly-armored class that makes use of axes. It's likely that there will be more starting classes when Elden Ring launches, but these are the five players will have access to during the beta.

Shortly after starting classes were revealed, fans also noticed that the description of the Elden Ring Collector's Edition states that the game will have a Graphics Mode for 4K gameplay and a Performance Mode for 60 FPS gameplay on Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles. Players will likely be able to switch between these modes at any time.

Elden Ring is expected to release on February 25, 2022 for $60 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, PS5, PS4 consoles, and Windows PCs. There's a good chance that it's going to be one of the best Xbox RPGs ever made, so we can't wait to get our hands on it.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

4 Comments
  • Performance mode on PC too? Just kidding. We know how to customize resolution and detail level. Often it's Low, Medium, High and Ultra.
    Console players sure are in a slow but steady path to learning these things.
  • One of the best XBOX RPGs ever?
    Hype much?
    That's a high bar to set for any game on any platform, but especially on XBOX.
    I would caution against that kind of expectation even for STARFIELD, ES6, AVOWED, or DRAGON AGE4. And those folks have a long track record of excellence in the genre. It might not even be near the best of 2022.
    Besides, excellence alone does not a successful XBOX RPG make: KINGDOMS OF AMALUR, anybody? That too had a great SF fantasy writer in the loop.
    Tone the hype down, folks.
  • Agreed. Hype is part of the marketing machinery, but too often it creates expectations no game can fulfill. See No Man's Sky and more recently, Cyberpunk 2077.
  • LIONHEAD STUDIOS.
    Molyneaux routinely overpromised and seemed to always underdeliver despite doing fine work.
    Did no favors to the games or his people.