|Publisher(s)||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Writer(s)||George R. R. Martin|
Elden Ring is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is collaborative effort between game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, and will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Announced at E3 2019, Elden Ring is an upcoming third-person, action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is being directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, best known for creating the Souls series also developed by FromSoftware, with worldbuilding by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire franchise. A fan of Martin's work, Miyazaki contacted him with an offer to work together on a project. Surprised that Martin showed interest, they would begin to have discussions with Miyazaki describing what sorts of themes, ideas, and game design aspects he envisioned for the project, which later became Elden Ring. Miyazaki gave him the creative freedom to write the overarching lore and worldbuilding aspects of the game's universe. He then used Martin's contributions as a base to write the actual plot that the player experiences during the game, comparing it to that of a "dungeon master's handbook in a tabletop RPG".
Elden Ring began development in early 2017 following the release of Dark Souls III's final downloadable content, The Ringed City. As with the Dark Souls games that Miyazaki had previously directed, Elden Ring will be themed around dark fantasy, and have the ability for players to create their own custom characters instead of playing as a fixed protagonist. Miyazaki also considered Elden Ring to be a more "natural evolution" to the Dark Souls series, as the game will be much larger in scale compared to them, featuring an open world with new gameplay mechanics such as horseback riding and combat. However, unlike many other open world games, Elden Ring will not feature populated towns with many non-playable characters, with the world having numerous dungeon-like ruins in place of them instead. When asked about the possibility of the story being novelized, Miyazaki stated that he would rather have players experience it themselves by playing the game, as he thinks that the game's secrets and mysteries would be spoiled otherwise.
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