In a blog post, George R.R. Martin has confirmed that he has consulted on a video game out of Japan. Aside from this confirmation details on what this title could be is unknown, though many many rumors suggest that this is a title from Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice developer, From Software.
To begin, let’s go back to March when Spawn Wave, a popular gaming YouTube channel, dropped a rumor video discussing the possibility of what From Software could have in the works. Considering they have 2 unannounced titles that are set to release post-Sekiro, and E3 being a month away, speculation regarding FromSoft’s next big title is pretty high right now.
The video itself and rumors surrounding all of this claim that the project is an open world style game. Players will be dropped into the world and, from there, can explore 7 kingdoms in any order they want. Within each kingdom is a boss, and defeating that boss grants players that particular power. Any fan of Soul Reaver, Mega Man, Devil May Cry, Legend of Zelda, or any other title that lets players use a power they obtain from a boss will surely be appeased by this bit.
This, of course, begs the question if this is all anything to get excited about in the first place. To be realistic for a second, video games are “in-development” all the time, so while all of this prospective news is exciting, it’s always good to take these things with a grain of salt. Even then, it isn’t always good to do because games can be canceled regardless of how far into production they are, looking at you Scalebound. That being said, I don’t think Martin would come out and say anything about a game project he’s worked on if something wasn’t coming down the pipeline soon. *cough* E3 is WEEKS away *cough*
It would seem that a person “familiar with on-goings at From Software” recently told Gematsu that, internally, said project is being referred to as “GR” and has been in development for over three years. They went on to say that it is, in fact, an open world style game, and will also include horse riding as a means of traversing the map. This title will be a collaboration between Martin and studio lead, Hidetaka Miyazaki, published by Bandai Namco, and supposedly (officially) announced during Microsoft’s E3 conference.
Again, no one has been able to clarify if this information is 100% accurate, but if nothing else, Martin’s blog post and these rumors seem to be conveniently releasing around the same time. It is also important to point out that while this prospect is exciting, Martin also is currently working on EIGHT tv shows (5 for HBO, 2 for Hulu, and one for the History Channel). Not to mention he still owes long time Game of Thrones fans two more books, which he recently said he would be knuckling down on. The point of mentioning this is that Martin is an insanely busy dude at the moment, so taking on the responsibility of writing for a video game seems like biting off more than you can chew.
Martin’s blog post more so detailed how his books would end differently from the show than going into any detail about this alleged game. If the other side of the rumor is to be believed though, we only need to wait a couple more weeks before finding out if this game really is happening. Hell, maybe Martin will be the one to announce it! Crazier things have happened at E3, and GRRM and Game of Thrones are a hot topic right now.
E3 2019 is set to kick off with Microsoft’s conference which set to air Sunday, June 9, 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT.