You can’t pause Elden Ring. This is pretty much the norm for modern FromSoftware games, and the developer has never really been able to give us any particular reason for the choice (other than ‘it makes the game harder’. ‘).
Maybe the option was removed from the title because the developer didn’t want players to splurge on some of the more difficult areas, or maybe it’s tied to the multiplayer aspect of things. Either way, we’ll reiterate, you can’t pause the Elden Ring.
But alas, where there is a will, there is a way everywhere. It turns out that a particular button pauses the game and all the action around you – giving you a bit of downtime if you need to answer the door, prevent your pet from chewing on your clothes or any other What other problems in real life could prevent you from giving the Elden Ring your full attention.
The pause option is deep in the game’s menu. Thanks to a tweet from YouTuber Iron Pineapplewe’ve been able to confirm that navigating to this button does indeed pause the game correctly – although we’re not sure how that affects invasions and other online functionality.
Here’s how to do it yourself:
- Press Start / Options / ESC
- Navigate to the menu (Example: Devices)
- Press Back and show contextual options
- Select “Explain Menu”
This will bring up a small screen explaining the part of the menu you’re in and pausing the action around you. Given that this is almost certainly not the case, we imagine FromSoft will patch this in an upcoming update to the game. However, we will see.
If you’re having a hard time with the Elden Ring – pause or not – we have plenty of Elden Ring tutorials that can help you dive a little deeper into the Lands Between.
https://www.vg247.com/elden-ring-pause-menus Turns out the Elden Ring is not as unstoppable as people think