In a new interview with GamesRadar, FromSoftware President and Elden Ring Director and Writer Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed George R. R. Martin was familiar with the company’s work ahead of the project. In particular, he mentioned the writer already knew about Dark Souls. He also discussed the sort of work the author did for the game. Not long after its reveal, FromSoftware noted Martin would work on its lore.
Here is the statement Miyazaki offered GamesRadar, which noted George R. R. Martin was familiar with FromSoftware’s work on Dark Souls before getting started on Elden Ring.
Yes, I have some good memories of those initial discussions. Not so much for the content but just the general feelings I had speaking with George Martin. He actually knew about the Dark Souls games. He was aware of them and what they were about, so that made me happy. That sort of gave me a little bit of a boost. I knew immediately from talking to him, it just became apparent his skill and his passion for the fantasy genre, and for games as well.
In addition to going over his familiarity with games, Miyazaki elaborated on the Elden Ring work George R. R. Martin did. He mentioned tasking him with working on the foundation and background for the game was designed to not “limit his creative output.” Miyazaki noted that his working on the “historical element” would give him more freedom. He mentioned the “back-and-forth” he had with the author as they built things up.
Elden Ring will release for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on February 25, 2022.