Rumours, speculation, and leaks have been floating around the internet for a while now about a video-game collaboration between Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin.
Elden Ring doesn't have a release date quite yet, but be on the lookout for more coverage out of E3 2019. Obviously enough, it's also an entirely new mythos, co-created by George R.R. Martin, which provided a "wonderful source of stimulus" for FromSoftware, in Miyazaki's gracious words. We'd like to play it before the end of time. It is published by Bandai Namco, and though it was announced at the Xbox briefing, it isn't necessarily an exclusive to Microsoft's console. "I can't wait for people to see what Elden Ring has in store for them".
What is Elden Ring's setting?
Elden Ring is coming to PC (and PS4 and Xbone) at some point. That which commanded the stars, giving life its fullest brilliance. The Elden Ring. Shattered, by someone or something. Don't tell me you don't see it. Look up at the sky.More news: Blues overcome Chara's miraculous return to push Bruins to brink
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Miyazaki says that the world of Elden Ring will be "ripe for exploration".
Funnily enough, Miyazaki says that he believed Martin would turn down the opportunity to work with him. While Dark Souls is relatively unrestricted in how it allows you to explore, it sounds like Elden Ring will be even moreso, potentially without distinct areas divided by loading screens? EA also touched on the action-adventure RPG Anthem, that had a rocky launch earlier this year. Unfortunately, and other than that, we don't have any additional details about this title. "We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created".
Who will the protagonist be in Elden Ring? There will be magic and a focus on the RPG elements, in contrast to Sekiro's action-oriented gameplay (though, obviously, there will be melee combat). Miyazaki's games have always left much of the storytelling murky and in the background, whereas Martin's writing - at least on Thrones - centres on intrigue happening in the here and now.
"Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time".