George R.R. Martin collaborates with Dark Souls creators for new game Elden Ring

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It’s been rumored for months that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin was in some way involved in the creation of Dark Souls developer FromSoftware’s new project, and Martin himself lent credence to the rumor last month when he mentioned on his Not A Blog that he’d “consulted on a video game out of Japan.” Yesterday, this was confirmed when Elden Ring was announced at the Microsoft E3 2019 press conference!

As usual with FromSoftware, Elden Ring is an action RPG, of which there is no gameplay available yet. The teaser trailer above is all there is, where it’s revealed that Martin was involved, as one may expect, in what appears to be his favorite realm of writing: worldbuilding. “A new world created by [game director and FromSoftware president] Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin”, the trailer below proudly claims.

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In FromSoftware’s official statement, Miyazaki says “collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the Elden Ring mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of Elden Ring will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.”

Martin himself is quoted in the announcement, adding that “building the world of Elden Ring with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait for people to see what Elden Ring has in store for them.” So there you have it! And here’s the teaser trailer:

For those unaware, ‘FromSoft’ is known for developing incredibly beautiful and challenging games such as Demon’s Souls, the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro. If you’re interested in giving Elden Ring a try when it’s released based on Martin’s involvement in its creation but you haven’t touched a game in quite some time, I would advise caution; unless FromSoftware is going in an entirely different direction for once, it’s probably going to be a ruthless experience. It is perhaps quite appropriate that the next game from the developers of a series marketed with the “Prepare to Die” slogan is created with the help of the man behind the similarly ruthless world of Game of Thrones. That said, in this case it’ll be you doing the dying.

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    1. Interesting. The Souls series is one of my favs so I’ll check this out. Wasn’t a fan of Sekiro though.

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    2. I’ll check up on it to see if it’s a style that I might enjoy.

      I have to say it again… I’m still surprised some company isn’t deep in development on a proper GoT rpg. Someone lost a lot of money by not having released one by around S4 of the show.

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    3. I wish I were more excited for this, but I’m apparently one of the few gamers in existence that didn’t like Dark Souls. I’ve had DS3 for over a year and am still barely past the starting point… so I’ll probably end up skipping this new game.

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    4. I think NS peaked with DS1 though admittedly I haven’t tried Bloodborne or Sekiro.

      Still, interested to know more. Really begs the question how much of a role GRRM had considering how full his plate has been for the past few years.

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    5. Lol, yeah he definitely still cares about the book series and they will definitely be finished in this lifetime !

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    6. Hidetaki Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin?
      That’s gonna be mindblowing.
      Really enjoy the souls-series, especially Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne. Both have a solid and really well-written storyline which fits Georges’ style.

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    7. I wanted a Dark Souls esq game set in Asshai where main character has to quest through the Shaddow Lands to gain knowledge and some sort of power. Would be a cool way to explore a part of ASOIAF.

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    8. Clob,

      There has been GoT games but they were under budgeted. Theres quite a few mods for GoT for many games though. The newest one coming out is The Seven Kingdoms mod for Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It will take place in the Riverlands of the war of the five kings and have many of the characters in the show will appear. They are having a voice actor do a lot of them. The next best would be mount and blade warband but its old. When mount and blade Bannerlord comes out im sure someone will make one and it will be the best one yet!

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