In a recent press release, Bandai Namco president and CEO Yasuo Miyakawa shocked many by suggesting that the upcoming Elden Ring game could be the beginning of what the corporate hopes may sooner or later be a a lot bigger Elden Ring universe.
“I’m very joyful and excited to announce the discharge date of Elden Ring, a brand new sport created by Mr. Miyazaki and Mr. George R.R. Martin, two creators that I really admire and have a passionate fan base world wide. I’m very joyful and excited to have the ability to let you know about it,” Miyakawa says. “We’ll proceed to develop Elden Ring not solely as a sport but additionally in quite a lot of different areas so as to ship the worldview and appeal of this title to our followers world wide. We stay up for your continued assist.”
Whereas that assertion may simply be taken because the type of generic factor an government says every time they really feel like they may have successful franchise on their fingers, it actually feels like Bandai Namco is already dedicated to increasing the Elden Ring universe (which is probably separate from the Dark Souls universe) past the realm of video video games.
After all, that concept raises the hilarious query: “What if George R.R. Martin really writes an Elden Ring guide earlier than Winds of Winter is launched?”
Now, to be very clear, we have no idea if George R.R. Martin is engaged on an Elden Ring guide. We additionally don’t know if there can be an Elden Ring guide. Moreover, there’s additionally some doubt as as to whether or not something associated to Elden Ring will really be launched outdoors of the Elden Ring sport. For that matter, Elden Ring may nonetheless miss its scheduled January 21, 2022 launch date. There are a number of unknowns nonetheless in play.
Having stated all of that, it’s not really all that loopy to assume that George R.R. Martin might be engaged on one thing associated to Elden Ring as a part of this multimedia enlargement of the sport. In spite of everything, his involvement with the sequence up to now reportedly centered on crafting the fundamental lore and premise of the sport’s universe, so it seems like he’d be the proper man to show to if you happen to’re seeking to increase that lore and universe through multimedia variations.
Fact be advised, the thought of George R.R. Martin engaged on some type of Elden Ring-related guide additionally suits the author’s M.O. during the last a number of years. Whereas it’s been roughly ten years since A Dance With Dragons was printed, it’s not like Martin has been sitting on his fingers throughout that point. Together with helping in some capability on tasks just like the Recreation of Thrones sequence and Elden Ring, Martin has written, printed, or edited a number of smaller works associated to the Music of Ice and Hearth franchise in addition to the Wild Playing cards sequence and others.
That’s what makes the prospect of Martin writing an Elden Ring novel (or reference guide, brief story, or no matter format he might select) so fascinating. Whereas the favored model of the George R.R. Martin narrative since Dance with Dragons was printed usually focuses on the truth that the sixth guide within the Music of Ice and Hearth sequence (Winds of Winter) nonetheless hasn’t been printed, Martin has been pretty prolific throughout that point. It’s simply that it nearly seems like he’s at this level in his life the place he’s extra all for publishing smaller works that increase a universe fairly than locking himself in a room and never rising till Winds of Winter is able to be printed.
Whereas it’s extremely unlikely that Martin goes to desert Winds of Winter and by some means make Elden Ring the following large fantasy franchise he totally commits himself to, it’s actually not that loopy to counsel that Martin may take a detour into one thing Elden Ring associated earlier than that guide is printed. On the very least, it seems like a close to certainty at this level that the Elden Ring sport can be launched earlier than Winds of Winter is printed.
So if you happen to’re somebody who was left feeling…unhappy with the Recreation of Thrones HBO sequence’ controversial final seasons and are nonetheless desperately ready for George R.R. Martin’s subsequent chapter within the fantasy franchise, don’t be too shocked if you happen to see the writer’s title on a few Elden Ring-related works earlier than you get to learn a guide that (let’s be trustworthy) might or might not ever come out.
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