It turns out Elden Ring can be paused if you choose one menu.
FromSoftware's Souls-like game forces gamers to follow in the footsteps its predecessors and find a quiet spot on the map to escape danger whenever they need it.
Now, YouTuber IronPineappleHe has discovered a way to pause real-time. The best thing? You don’t need a mod to do it – the hidden pause functionality is actually part of one specific menu in the game.
Essentially, this means that PC gamers no longer have to disable online play in order to pause their game… and console players can do it, too.
The feature is activated by heading into your inventory, then the ‘Help’ screen, then selecting “Menu Explanation”. While viewing this explanation of the Inventory Menu, the game is paused – allowing you to make a cup of tea or answer the door in peace.
IGN confirmed that this pause works in-game.
It’s quite a long-winded way to get the game to pause – much more complicated than simply pressing ‘Start’ like in games of old. But while this method might not help out so much if you’re in the middle of one of Elden Ring’s incredibly tough boss fights, it might help you take a breather as you’re traversing the Lands Between.
Unfortunately, this appears to be an unintended benefit… and so it’s likely that Elden Ring devs FromSoftware will patch out this functionality in the future. You can still use it until then if you feel the need to take a break from the constant onslaught.
IGN’s review of Elden Ring called it “a massive iteration on what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its relentlessly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path.”
You can read more about Elden Ring. Check out our beginner’s guide for all the basics as well as our hints, secrets, and tips to survive.
Ryan Leston works as an entertainment journalist and critic at IGN. Follow him on Twitter.