Hidetaka Miyazaki, director de Elden Ring -the action RPG and open world that launches on February 25- has commented on some of the most important influences in the creation of the new universe of FromSoftware during an interview in the latest issue of EDGE. George RR Martin, author of A song of ice and fire/Game of Thrones participated in the myths of this title, one of the most anticipated of 2022.
“It is difficult to say a single inspiration that had a great impact on Elden Ring. There are many works that influenced the creative process in various ways, Lord of the rings, the novel series The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock, board games such as RuneQuest, etc. There are several themes from which I was able to draw inspirations that had an effect on the creation of Elden Ring“, dice Miyazaki.
Writer Michael Moorcock has been very critical of JRR Tokien’s work in the past – instead he praises Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Pullman and Alan Garner – so it is still a curiosity that Elden Ring get ideas from both authors.
George RR Martin has been a constant source of inspiration
Miyazaki also speaks in the interview of the creative process with George RR Martin, which is one of the keys that most differentiates Elden Ring from Dark Souls. The director and other developers traveled to Martin’s home to meet him in person, and while there is a significant age difference, the passion for fantasy worlds united the two.
That’s right, Miyazaki remembers that George RR Martin only has participated in the mythology of Elden Ring because they thought that working directly on the game’s story and dialogue would limit their creative potential. One of the themes that came up with the story is the connections between characters, such as the relationship between parents and children.
The article also gives some details of Godfrey, the character who appears on the cover of the magazine and the metal box edition of Elden Ring, which represents many of the values of the character created by the player and with many connections to him: something that used to shine brightly and that has now tarnished, has fallen from grace.