Dark Souls Creator Confirms George R.R. Martin Collab For Elden Ring

Posted: Jun 10 2019, 4:29am CDT | by


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Dark Souls creator confirms George R.R. Martin collab for Elden Ring
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Elden Ring will have more options to tweak characters than Dark Souls.

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. has confirmed that it is launching a new game, called "Elden Ring," co-created by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin, whose book "A Song of Fire and Ice" inspired the "Game of Thrones" franchise.

The confirmation at the E3 2019 follows a leaked lineup of Bandai Namco's new video games prior to the announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the successful Dark Souls series, sat down with Bandai Namco Community Specialist Sam Wilkinson to talk about the upcoming video game.

Miyazaki said he quickly jumped on board the development for Elden Ring after the Dark Souls 3 DLC ended. Elden Ring appears to have influences taken from Dark Souls, with Miyazaki saying, "We wanted to create a new dark fantasy action RPG full of things that we weren’t able to do in the Dark Souls series."

The Japanese video game director, who is the president of FromSoftware Inc., said he was responsible for Elden Ring’s game design, art and music, similar to the roles he took when developing FromSoftware’s Sekiro, which was released in late March.

When asked about Elden Ring’s genre, Miyazaki classified the game as a third-person action RPG, unlike Sekiro, which is heavily focused on action. Nonetheless, Miyazaki said the developers are still looking at incorporating melee-based combat.

“This title will include a wide variety of weapons, magic, and ways to engage enemies, that make it possible to provide users with a style of gameplay and strategy that suits them,” he said.

In terms of Dark Souls comparison, Miyazaki said Elden Ring will provide even more variety in the way players overcome challenges and tweak their tactics when facing enemies.

The game designer added that Elden Ring is more like Dark Souls than Sekiro in terms of character customization elements. “Elden Ring allows players to design and control their own unique character.”

When asked about how it’s like to collaborate with George R.R. Martin, Miyazaki said he is a huge fan of Martin’s work. FromSoftware’s executive business director Eiichi Nakajima reached out to Martin to pitch the idea, “with the expectation that we would get turned down,” Miyazaki said.

He added that Martin used Miyazaki’s game-related ideas for Elden Ring, which the American novelist used as a base to write for the game’s narrative.

Bandai Namco and FromSoftware have yet to announce the release date for Elden Ring, but said it will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

The game's trailer shows a lady warrior in full combat, shots of a hammer that looks pretty much like Thor's Mjolnir and its wielder, a character that looks almost close to Khal Drogo, a character from Game of Thrones.

Watch the trailer below.

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