George R. R. Martin, the author behind the A Song Of Ice And Fire series which Game of Thrones is based on, has revealed details on his involvement in the creation of Elden Ring. On Not A Blog, which serves as Martin’s platform for communication, he reflected on the game and its creation.
Martin details that Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creator of the Souls series, reached out and asked him to help in creating the backstory and history for a new game the team were working on. Martin adds in the blog post that games are not his forte, but of those he had played, he enjoys strategy games. Regardless, Martin said that the offer “was too exciting to refuse.”
Martin then details a bit more about the game, saying that “Miyazaki and his team from FromSoftware were doing groundbreaking stuff with gorgeous art, and what they wanted from me was just a bit of worldbuilding: a deep, dark, resonant world to serve as a foundation for the game they planned to create.” The author doesn’t detail much further, simply adding that “I did my bit, and handed off to my new friends in Japan, and they took it from there.” Martin added that this happened years ago, later in the blog post noting that video games take a long time to create.
Despite not being a major video game fan, Martin boldly acknowledged that “Videogames are as big as movies these days (bigger, actually)”. With the author’s involvement with Elden Ring being done and dusted, Martin says of the final product, that “it looks incredible.”
Elden Ring‘s release date is promptly approaching, with the official cinematic trailer being revealed at the Game Awards 2021. The anticipated game from FromSoftware is due to be released on Feb. 25, 2022, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
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