Friday, June 18, 2021
After a protracted absence of two years following its reveal at E3 2019, Elden Ring is now officially back on the radar with its new gameplay reveal trailer and 2022 release date. However, all of this will be old hat to Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who claims that his work on the game wrapped up “years ago”.
Speaking to WTTW, a local news channel based in Chicago (via PC Gamer), Martin revealed that his role in helping build Elden Ring's world and its lore ended “several years” back, with developer FromSoftware actually getting to work on the game once the Song of Ice and Fire scribe helped establish the backdrop for the studio's upcoming Souls-style title.
“My work on it was actually done years ago: these games, they’re like movies. They take a long time to develop," Martin commented. “Basically, they wanted a world created to set the game in. They wanted world-building as a big factor in fantasy and science fiction. I worked up a fairly detailed background for them, and then they took it from there. So really it’s been several years since I’ve last seen them."
Despite his work on Elden Ring coming to an end, FromSoftware has shared some aspects of the game with the author, showing him monster designs and other elements. “They would come in periodically and show me some monsters they’d designed, or the latest special effects or the cool things,” he said, adding, "I’ll be as excited as anybody else to see it."
Martin also referred to Elden Ring as “the sequel” to Dark Souls, suggesting that the game could be set within the same universe. However, by his own admission, Martin is "not a big video gamer", so he may have simply meant that FromSoftware's latest is merely the studio's next game in the same vein, broadly speaking.
Whatever the case, we'll find out more when Elden Ring launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on 21st January 2022, promising “seamlessly” connected environments and online multiplayer. You can check out last week's Elden Ring gameplay reveal below.
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