We've had a huge information blowout for Elden Ring in the last week. With Bandai Namco dropping a new trailer during Summer Games Fest, we've received detailed information about how its campaign will play out, and now author George R.R. Martin has offered his own insights.
Speaking to WTTW News after receiving an honorary doctorate from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, this interview delved into Game of Thrones' success, his previous studies within Chicago and, eventually, details about his work on Elden Ring.
George R.R. Martin Finished His Work On Elden Ring "Years Ago"
When asked if there's much different between writing fantasy novels compared to a game, he stated there's considerable differences before confirming he's not a "big video gamer". Calling Elden Ring a sequel to Dark Souls, he then advised:
My work on it was actually done years ago: these games they're like movies, they take a long time to develop," Martin continues. "Basically they wanted a world created to set the game in, they wanted world building as a big factor in fantasy and science fiction. You're not really not talking about the characters and the plot, but the setting is almost as important as everything else: Tolkien's Middle Earth, Robert E Howard's Hyborean age, the Foundation universe of Isaac Asimov....
Later stating he's worked up a "fairly detailed background" for Elden Ring, Martin confirms he's not really been involved since those stages, though FromSoftware has continued giving him updates about it. Saying he's "excited as everyone else to see it", Elden Ring will finally arrive on January 21, 2021.