George RR Martin broke his silence on the launch of Elden Ring to praise the FromSoftware team.
Linking to critics of the “historic megahit” on his blog like a proud parent, he called Elden Ring’s widespread acclaim “music for the ears”.
“Of course, almost all credit goes to Hidetaka Miyazaki and his amazing team of game designers who have been working on this game for half a decade or more, determined to create the best video game ever,” he continued.
“I’m honored to have met and worked with them, and to have played a part, however small, in creating this fantastical world and making Elden Ring the historic megahit that it was. East.”
You’d be forgiven for not having complete clarity on Martin’s role in the creation of Elden Ring. Marketing campaigns promised “a new world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George RR Martin”. Martin himself refers to his work on the project as “world building,” which matches FromSoftware’s characterization of his involvement.
“George RR Martin wrote the mythos of Elden Ring, creating a story long before the events of the game,” said producer Yasuhiro Kitao in a Interview with FromSoftware published by Bandai Namco. “With this base, we then created the story, the world and the actual gameplay.”
According to New Yorker, Miyazaki deliberately limited Martin’s contributions to backstory rather than script. “In our games, the story should always serve the player’s experience,” said the director. “Yes [Martin] had written the history of the game, I would have feared that we would have to move away from it. I wanted him to be able to write freely and not feel restricted by some obscure mechanic that might have to change during development.
It’s an approach that suits FromSoftware, which has long held its traditions at bay – communicating its worlds’ past through opaque means. Fans might be happy to hear that, despite Miyazaki’s concerns about an age and language gap, he and Martin get along wonderfully – it’s a relationship built on ‘great conversations’, in the words of Kitao.
The best thing about Martin’s blog is that it features a mood tracker. Writing about the success of Elden Ring, he felt “bouncing back”.
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