Elden Ring debuts in 216 days. We know quite a lot about the new game from From Software, but there are still a lot of issues connected with it that remain a mystery. One of them is the participation of the author of of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, in the project. The father of the Souls series, Hidetaka Miyazaki, mentioned in interviews for IGN and Famitsu that the American writer created the history and mythology of The Lands Between, where the action of Elden Ring will take place, and also the origins of the game's main bosses. The American had the opportunity to confirm the words of the Japanese devs in an interview with the Chicago station WWTW about his career, which took place on the occasion of Martin receiving an honorary doctorate at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
In doing so,we learned that his work on Elden Ring came to an end several years ago. Since then, the developers have been in touch with him from time to time, e.g. to show him the monster designs. Martin himself commented on the subject as follows:
"The game is called the Elden Ring and it's a sequel to a video game that came out a few years ago called Dark Souls. My work on it was actually done years ago. These games, they're like movies, they take a long time to develop. Basically they wanted a world created to set the game in, they wanted worldbuilding. So I worked up a fairly detailed background and they took it from there."
Martin - who admitted that while he doesn't consider himself a big gamer, he has had a chance to try this form of entertainment - announced that he would be excited to see the game in January 2022. Interestingly, the American also noted that Elden Ring is being made very slowly - a strong statement for someone who has not delivered The Winds of Winter for 10 years.
Surely you also noticed that Elden Ring has been called a sequel to Dark Souls. I don't know if there's much more to Martin's words than "spiritual successor" but it's possible there's more to come. If you've played the DLC for Dark Souls III, you'll remember the nameless girl who painted a picture of a new world. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be The Lands Between? Calm female voice from the trailer of Elden Ring is somewhat reminiscent of the speech of the aforementioned character from the third game, so...
But I could go on for hours, and it's all just speculation anyway. We'll know the detailss on January 21, when From Software's new game will launch on PC, PS4, PS5, XONE and XSX|S.