George R.R. Martin States That His Work on Elden Ring Wrapped Up Years Ago

George R.R. Martin States That His Work on Elden Ring Wrapped Up 'Years Ago'

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Richard Walker

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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  • Yeah he said that to cover his butt over still not finishing “ A song of fire and ice”
  • So that means he has spent the last few years not writing winds of winter. Do it before you die fat man.
  • In other words, he didn't do jack shit.

    Elden Ring looks no different than any other FROM game visually and thematically. It just more weird Japanese horror fantasy; another self-important yet non-existent backstory with a mute protagonist and two-dimensional characters that suffer from crippling depression and/or antisocial personality disorder and say cryptic things from which you try to figure out what to do or maybe snippets of the story.

    This formula was beat to death by the time Bloodborne came out.

    As I have said many times before, G.R.R. Martin just needs to turn over his notes to a motivated fantasy writer who can actually finish the story. At this rate, he will never finish. He is basically a like a fat, boomer hoarder living in a dilapidated, filthy house, stuffed with garbage and old newspapers and Amazon packages, promising everybody "he will get it cleaned up someday." Except in reality, the house is his brain.

    I'd bet he has spent more time in the last 5 years bitching and moaning on his blog about his fans and "how hard it is to write" than he has spent actually working on the novel. And I guarantee he has spent more time watching sweaty men run around the field chasing a ball on TV than he has ever spent writing or working.
  • Elder scrolls,
    Elden ring.
    They need to find some better names that aren't so close.
  • He problably just wrote 3 or 4 Emails with world ideas and got paid a whole bunch of money.
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