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George RR Martin says his work on Elden Ring was finished “years ago”

Elden Ring
Ben Borthwick Updated on by

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has given his first interview on the game Elden Ring, which he worked on, since its first gameplay and release date was revealed last week.

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He was speaking to local Chicago news station WTTW (as spotted by PC Gamer) about his career earlier this week when he was asked about the game. “My work on it was actually done years ago,” he said. “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 world-building as a big factor in fantasy and science fiction” he notes, citing worlds such as Tolkien’s Middle Earth. “I worked up a fairly detailed background for them, and then they took it from there. So really it’s been several years since I’ve last seen them.”

However, it sounds like they didn’t entirely leave Martin out of the loop until the game’s release. “They would come in periodically and show me some monsters they’d designed, or the latest special effects or the cool things.” He also sounds eager to get his hands on it, adding “I’ll be as excited as anybody else to see it.”

From Software finally took the covers off Elden Ring at the end of the Summer Games Fest Kickoff Show last week. FromSoftware and publisher Bandai Namco first revealed that George RR Martin was working on the game back at E3 2019, but his involvement was kept fairly low key during last week’s reveal.

It’ll also be interesting to see where or if the game fits into the Dark Souls universe, as Martin called it “the sequel” to the hit series during the interview, but he also admitted he’s not a gamer so (and given the context of the interview) it’s possible he was just speaking broadly.

Either way, we’ll get to find out with George RR Martin when Elden Ring finally lands on January 21 on Xbox X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Elden Ring

on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release Date:

25 February 2022