When Elden Ring was first announced, one of the biggest surprises is how it’s a collaboration between FromSoftware and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. Since then, more information about the collaboration has come to light and while Martin was responsible for creating the overall world and mythos of Elden Ring, the in-game text is being director Hidetaka Miyazaki.
“In From fashion, the story is told in fragments, and we haven’t changed our principle of providing a world and narrative that the player can interpret for themselves,” FromSoft’s Yasuhiro Kitao says.
And while this means lore can still be discovered by item text and cutscenes, NPC dialogue will also contribute significantly to world-building, and Miyazaki is “at the forefront of the text, writing the text in the game.”
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In an interview with IGN from earlier this year, Miyazaki explained that Martin helped build the world, including the Lands Between, and central narrative. However, Martin himself said that he finished his contributions to Elden Ring “years ago” and development continued to build on the foundations established by Martin.
Miyazaki praised Martin and said the author’s contributions led Elden Ring to be more character-focused than previous FromSoft games. “He brought things to the table that we couldn’t have done by ourselves, in terms of that rich storytelling and that sense of character and drama.”
Given that Martin’s most famous work involves complicated character dynamics and the way people interact with each other while vying for power, this makes sense. With the open-ended, in-game text handled by Miyazaki, it sounds like fans will get the best of both Miyazaki and Martin’s worlds in Elden Ring.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.