The hype around FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is fairly palpable, as evidenced by it winning The Game Awards’ “Most Anticipated Game” for two years in a row. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is also fairly excited for its release and in a new blog post, he briefly talked about the experience of working with director Hidetaka Miyazaki and the studio.
“A few years back, Hidetaka Miyazaki and his incredible team of game designers, the creators of the Dark Souls video game series, reached out from Japan to ask me to help them create the backstory and history for a new game they were working on.” Though video games aren’t really Martin’s “thing,” he felt the offer “was too exciting to refuse.”
“Miyazaki and his team from FromSoftware were doing groundbreaking stuff with gorgeous art, and what they wanted from me was just a bit of world-building: a deep, dark, resonant world to serve as a foundation for the game they planned to create. And as it happens, I love creating worlds and writing imaginary history.
“So I did my bit, and handed off to my new friends in Japan, and they took it from there. And years passed. Video games are as big as movies these days (bigger, actually)… and take just as long to create.” Martin concluded his blog post by stating that the day of the game’s release is “finally at hand” and it “looks incredible.”
Elden Ring is currently slated to release on February 25th 2022 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC (after being delayed from its initial January 2022 release date). It’s most recent trailer shined some light on the story, the war that broke out in The Lands Between and much more. For an extensive gameplay preview, head here. You can also read our impressions of the closed network test here.