Although the Game of Thrones TV series has just reached its controversial conclusion, series author George R.R. Martin is still (hopefully) hard at work on the remaining books in the seminal fantasy saga — but that’s not the only iron he’s got in the fire. In a recent blog post, Martin reveals that, among his myriad other projects, he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.” Though mentioned only in passing as part of a post-Game-of-Thrones reflection of sorts, the nonchalant remark has rekindled rumors that Martin is a collaborator on the next project from Dark Souls/Bloodborne/Sekiro developer FromSoftware.
The speculation initially began last March when YouTube channel Spawn Wave posted a video regarding a rumor that FromSoft’s next title will be “an open-world title on which George R.R. Martin is one of the lead writers, with various kingdoms to visit and abilities to obtain from killing the leaders of those kingdoms.” Now, Gematsu reports that a source “familiar with ongoings at FromSoftware” has confirmed that the project, known internally as “GR,” is indeed a “collaboration between [Souls series creator] Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin.”
Beyond that, specific details remain scarce, with the source saying only that the game is “an open-world title (with horse riding)” that has been in development for “the past three years.” Although Gematsu has not been able to independently confirm the information, the source also claims that the game will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference next month, so we’ll find out if these rumors are credible soon enough. If they are, we hope that the title brings some exciting new multiplayer features like the Souls series before it.