Author George R.R. Martin recently spoke with the Chicago-based network WTTW News, after receiving an honorary doctorate from his local alma mater, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He addressed issues such as the effect Game of Thrones has had on his life, his feelings about half a century since he studied in the area and, very juicy for all of us, some details about his involvement with Elden Ring .
Martin was asked about how different he works in a video game, rather than being a fantastic fiction writer. “It’s actually very different,” Martin replies. "I've played some video games. I'm not a video gamer. But the game is called Elden Ring and it's a sequel to a game that came out a few years ago called Dark Souls and came out of Japan."
He’s thrilled to have the great George basically confirming what we all realized after seeing the trailer anyway: Elden Ring was always conceived as the next step in Dark Souls.
“My work on this was done years ago: these games are like movies, they take a long time to develop,” Martin continues. "They basically wanted a world created to establish the game, they wanted the construction of the world to be a big factor in fantasy and science fiction. You don't really talk about the characters and the plot, but the environment is almost as important as the whole rest .: Tolkien's Middle-earth, Robert E Howard's Hyborean Age, Isaac Asimov's Fundamental Universe …. "
Elden Ring's revealing trailer left some wondering where Martin's influence was, to which the answer will be clear: everywhere. That said, he is clear that he has had little involvement in the development of the game after creating the setting, with FromSoft occasionally showing him pieces and pieces, but on the other hand he is preparing for himself.
"I worked, you know you have a pretty detailed background and then they took them away, so it's really been several years since I last saw them," says Martin. "But they came regularly and showed me some monsters they had designed, or the latest special effects or interesting things, but the game has been developing very slowly and will come out in January. Excited as everyone to see it. ".
What can I say: you and I both, Mr. Martin. While we wait, console yourself with this massive infodump about the game.