If you took a sick day to play Elden Ring today, good for you. I applaud your transparent gumption. But a whole company is getting the day off anyway, in a truly smooth PR move from management.
Japanese video game developer Pocket Pair has given its employees the day off specifically to play the incredibly hyped up latest FromSoftware release.
“Pocket Pair will provide Elden Holiday to all employees!” reads a tweet, translated from Japanese by Google, and first spotted by Kotaku. “The King of Elde does not have to go to work on Friday and Monday!”
The official statement attached to the tweet in the image, when translated using Google, cites the release date of Feb. 25 for Elden Ring and reads, “it is expected that you will not be able to concentrate on your work.”
I’m in awe of these managers. That level of reading the room is just…
Elden Ring, released Friday, is the long-awaited open world fantasy game that sees Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin joining the developers behind the Dark Souls franchise. You play one of the ‘Tarnished’ in the realm of The Lands Between, ruled by a formidable monarch known as Queen Marika the Eternal. But the Elden Ring, the source of the all-powerful Erdtree, has been shattered, and it’s up to you to return from exile, restore the power of the Elden Ring, and become an Elden Lord.
With all that going on, the game is notoriously massive. It’s taken experienced reviewers up to 87 hours to beat the game, so a day off ahead of the weekend is most welcome for these extremely serious Elden Ring fans who’ll apparently refuse to focus if made to show up to work. Pocket Pair’s own president even posted a photo of his enthusiastic self celebrating the coming release.