Looks like there’s another reason for Game of Thrones fans to be anxious about George R.R. Martin finally finishing Winds of Winter: At this weekend’s E3 expo, the ever procrastinating author revealed he was adding a video game to his already full plate of projects. Entitled Elden Ring, it’s (of course) a fantasy game that he’s working on with Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki.
The news came during Microsoft’s presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Sunday, which featured a trailer decked out with breathless narration.
“I doubt you could even imagine it,” says an off-screen voice. “That which commanded the stars, giving life its fullest brilliance, the Elden Ring… oh Elden Ring… shattered by someone or something. Don’t tell me you don’t see it. Look up at the sky. It burns.”
There’s also a title card:
A press release describes Elden Ring as an “expansive fantasy Action-RPG game” that is “set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history.” There are no further specifics, but it certainly sounds suitably Martin-y as well as Miyazaki-y.
Martin teased the project in a blog post from May, though all he wrote were the words, “I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan.” Well, here it is, and while it will no doubt be interesting to see how Martin translates to another, more interactive medium, it’s also another time-suck for him — another excuse not to write more Song of Ice and Fire books. Martin recently claimed if he didn’t finish Winds of Winter by next summer, he’d voluntarily agree to imprisonment until it’s done.
That’s happening, isn’t it?