The popular adventure RPG, Elden Ring, has been making headlines since its release early this year. We all know that George RR Martin, the writer, and creator of Game of Thrones, had a role in developing the backstory, but just how involved was he? The famous writer recently opened up about his involvement, which is much more than we thought.
While we know from FromSoftware CEO Hidetaka Miyazaki that George RR Martin was involved in creating the lore of the game. The man himself recently attended an interview on The Late Show with Stephan Colbert, during which he explained exactly what his role was.
He explained that he was approached by the people from FromSoftware, and they wanted him to assist with the world-building of the Elden Ring universe. Being a master of this and also enjoying it immensely, George RR Martin agreed and started on the project.
While Elden Ring plays off in its own present time, FromSoftware needed help building the backstory and history of the game. George RR Martin then created this by writing the history of what happened in the universe 5000 years before the events in the game. This also wasn’t just a broad overview but went quite in-depth into the history. This included who the characters were, who they were fighting with, what powers they had, and other intricacies that make a game great.
Some of these details included the intricate relationships, such as those hidden in the Sellan, Ranni, and Carian bloodlines. It also included why the Glintstone helmets glow when players do the Erudition emote. It’s these backstories and attention to detail that separate great games from mediocre ones. We just wish that FromSoftware had kept some more of the lore in the final release of Elden Ring.
Hopefully, the developer’s future plans, such as the rumored Elden Ring DLC, will dive a bit deeper into the lore and give players a chance to experience the beautiful history of the world as created by FromSoftware and George RR Martin.