George RR Martin on Elden Ring

It seems that George RR Martin is not as involved in the development of Elden Ring as you might think.

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George A. R. Martin

If it hadn't leaked ahead of time, news that writer George RR Martin, responsible for the hit The Chronicles of Ice and Fire adapted by HBO in the Game of Thrones series, is working with FromSoftware on his next project, this would have been one of the best surprises in games of all time. But since Elden Ring was officially unveiled, and we don't know what role he played in the game's development, we haven't heard anything from the author about his work on the game.

However, that mystery ended when Martin recently spoke to the local news station, the WTTW. During a trip to receive an honorary doctorate from his former school, Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, in an interview given to WTTW, the author was asked about Elden Ring, and he seems to have kept up with recent news about the date of launch.

What George RR Martin did in Elden Ring

He revealed that his involvement with the project ended years ago. Since then, FromSoftware has been sharing development progress with him, showing new monster designs and the like.

“It's actually quite different,” said Martin of game development compared to his normal line of work. “My work on this was done years ago. These games are like movies. They take a long time to develop", he added.

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Martin also explained the kind of work he's actually done for the game:

“Basically, they wanted a world created to place the game. They wanted world building, as a big factor in fantasy and science fiction," he explained. “You're not just talking about the characters and the plot, the setting is almost as important as everything else. I made a very detailed background for them, and then they went from there.”

And, apparently, that was the author's involvement in the game, but despite creating the world where the Pristino Ring stories will take place, he has only received news, but it has nothing to do with the current state of development of the game. .

“Actually, it's been several years since I last saw them, but they came periodically and showed me some monsters they designed or the latest special effects. The game has been developing very slowly and will now be released in January. I'll be as excited as anyone else to see this.”

Be the Lord of Pristine

Rise up, Maculated, and be guided by grace to wield the power of the Pristine Ring and become a Pristine Lord in the Midlands.


Travel the Middle Lands, a new fantasy world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the influential DARK SOULS game series, and George RR Martin, author of The New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The Chronicles of Ice and Fire. Unravel the mysteries of the power of the Pristine Ring. Find opponents with deep stories, characters with their own unique motivations to help or hinder your progress, and terrifying creatures.


The game features vast, complex and fantastical scenarios and dark dungeons that connect in a fluid way. Travel the breathtaking world on foot or horseback, alone or online with other players, and immerse yourself completely in grassy plains, choking swamps, winding mountains, foreboding castles and other grand locations on a scale never before seen in a game from FromSoftware.


Crea Create your character in FromSoftware's refined action RPG and define your play style by experimenting with a wide variety of weapons, spells and abilities found around the world. Charge into battle, stealthily defeat your enemies one by one, or even enlist the help of allies. Many options are available to you as you decide how to approach exploration and combat.

Elden Ring will be released Jan. 21 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. Tell us in the comments what you thought the author was doing in the game? Looking forward to playing Elden Ring? Take the opportunity to read more about Elden Ring on Our site.

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Paulo Fabris is a journalist, writer, RPG player, gamer, cosplayer, nerd and fan of anime since the time of TV Manchete.