This week at E3, Dark Souls developer From Software officially announced its next big game, Elden Ring, which it worked on with A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. But just how involved was Martin the creation of the game?
Speaking to IGN, director Hidetaka Miyazaki explained that he himself wrote Elden Ring’s main story, with Martin contributing to the wider mythology and lore. Miyazaki said Martin did not contribute to the game’s story because he felt that the format of video games was too limiting for Martin’s ambitious storytelling.
“Thanks to Martin’s lore, Elden Ring’s world and characters naturally have a lot more depth and personality,” Miyazaki said.
Miyazaki went on to say that Martin probably will not release a novelization of his contributions to Elden Ring, and that’s on purpose because doing so would mean that “all the secrets and mystery that is hidden in our game would be revealed.”
Martin himself has always said that he had a support role for Elden Ring. Prior to the game’s announcement, Martin said he did some “consulting” work on the game.
While Elden Ring was announced during Microsoft’s E3 2019 briefing, the game is also coming to PlayStation 4 and PC.
Elden Ring sees you travel throughout a massive open world, exploring multiple kingdoms that are each ruled by a powerful entity. Defeating said rulers gifts you with their power. The pre-rendered trailer shown at E3 doesn’t reveal much else, but it establishes the game’s bleak and mysterious tone, which is essential to any From Software game.
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