Someone is Making a GBA-Playable Version of Elden Ring

Elden Ring Reaches a Strange New Frontier

Elden Ring’s success has lent it a wide variety of creative interpretations. Be it fanart, memes, funny videos, or unreasonably long video essays that I swear I’ll watch at some point. Elden Ring fans have no shortage of creative energy, and the results are plain to see.

Anyway, someone ported it to Gameboy Advance.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It’s a “demake” – the opposite of a “remake”, which aims to make a version of the game playable on far older hardware. These things usually have a retro aesthetic, like the PS1-style “Bloodborne Kart“. And yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like. Elden Ring’s demake isn’t quite so ridiculous a concept, but it’s got its own selection of quirks.

As seen in the above clip, the creator already has some work-in-progress footage completed. It wears its Legend of Zelda inspiration on its sleeve – fitting, given how much inspiration From Software took from the legendary adventure game franchise. Questionable dodge animation aside, it looks to be a genuinely interesting take on the series. A degree of translation is needed to make the game compatible with its newfound top-down perspective, of course. But the results so far are admittedly quite intriguing. The starting area already shows this process off quite well. How Elden Ring’s other areas will translate onto the GBAs screen is a problem only solved with time.

The development process is being streamed from the creator’s Twitch account. There, people can watch all the pieces come together live as they happen.