Elden Ring: release date, trailer and everything we know about the new game from Game of Thrones author George RR Martin

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The new game will be “rich in fantasy and RPG action”

The new game being worked on by Game of Thrones‘ author George R.R. Martin has been officially revealed.

During Microsoft’s massive press conference which kicked off proceedings on the 2019 edition of E3 (the ‘Electronic Entertainment Expo), a teaser trailer was shown for Elden Ring, a new game from Martin and Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki.

A brief, two-minute clip was shown, which didn’t give much away, but did give fans a first look at what is presumably the main character.

There were also some hints about the themes of the story, and an atmosphere in keeping with that of the Dark Souls games, considered modern-day classics.

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What is Elden Ring about?

The game will likely centre around the titular Elden Ring, an instrument of power “which commanded the stars, giving life its fullest brilliance”, until it was “shattered by someone or something”, according to the teaser.

In a press release, publisher Bandai Namco described the new game as “an expansive fantasy Action-RPG”. Aside from that, there was no news on what sort of game Elden Ring will be, nor when it will be released (though it will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 , and PC).

“Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s largest game to-date,” they said, “and is set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki.”

We knew something was in the works ahead of E3, and in a blog post released to celebrate the final episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the author mentioned he had “consulted on a video game out of Japan”.

According to games industry website Gematsu – who reported on rumours and leaks surrounding the game around the time of Martin’s original blog post – Elden Ring will be an open-world title “with horse riding”, and has been in development for three years.

Earlier in 2019, YouTube channel Spawn Wave posted a video in which they discussed the rumours around the game, saying it features “various kingdoms to visit and abilities to obtain from killing the leaders of those kingdoms.”

Is Elden Ring a Game of Thrones game?

There is no suggestion at this stage that the game will be related to Game of Thrones in any way, but George R.R. Martin seems like a good fit for a so-called ‘Souls-like’ game.

“Building the world of Elden Ring with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat!” said Martin. “The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience.”

The Dark Souls series of role-playing games (some of the most infuriatingly difficult of all time) is set in a vast fantasy world, where players tackle monstrous mythical bosses using might and magic.

“Collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the Elden Ring mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration,” said Miyazaki.

“The team is working hard to ensure that the world of Elden Ring will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths.”

“This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action.”

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