George R.R. Martin Reveals What He Contributed To Elden Ring

We all knew Elden Ring development was aided by Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin, but we didn't know exactly what he'd contributed to its world. Miyazaki informed us Martin wrote the lore, but now the man himself has confirmed what exactly that lore entailed.

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Martin said, “Basically the people from FromSoftware, the makers of Elden Ring, contacted me a number of years ago when they wanted to do this video game, and they wanted a world built. They wanted the world building, which I’ve been doing for quite a while and I like doing it."

Elden Ring is set in its own present day, but FromSoftware needed his help to develop the backstory of the game. "So, I went back and wrote a history of what happened 5,000 years before the current game, and who all the characters were, and who was killing each other, and what powers they had,” Martin said.

It appears he didn't just write a vague overview of events, but a detailed history of the realm, crafting the relationships and powers that all Elden Ring players are so keen to uncover now, like the hidden clues about Sellen, Ranni, and the Carian bloodline. He also said he didn't realise video games took so long to make. Ironic coming from the writer taking over a decade to finish a book.

FromSoftware then did what it does best and destroyed that world, leaving us to piece together the clues about what happened in Martin's 5,000 years of history. Leaving behind breadcrumbs like the Glintstone helmets glowing when you do the Erudition emote.

Martin also revealed that he hasn’t played the game yet because he's too busy finishing the latest book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter. He even mentioned having to quit playing games altogether because he would get “sucked into it” and not do anything else.

In other Elden Ring news, a new hotfix has quickly nerfed the Endure Ash of War that had only just received a buff. It endured a little too well.

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