George R.R. Martin Says He's “Consulted On A Video Game Out Of Japan”

The television version of Game of Thrones may be over but fans of the novels are still waiting on the final two books to be written and published. Well, they may have to wait even longer. In a blog post published alongside the release of the final episode, author George R.R. Martin revealed just how busy he is, working on multiple television series, but also consulting on a Japanese video game.

There have been rumours that Martin is working with Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and, while what the author published in his blog doesn't confirm it, it makes those rumours much more substantial.

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"I'm still here, and I'm still busy," Martin wrote. "As a producer, I've got five shows in development at HBO (some having nothing whatsoever to do with the world of Westeros), two at Hulu, one on the History Channel. I'm involved with a number of feature projects, some based upon my own stories and books, some on material created by others. There are these short films I am hoping to make, adaptations of classic stories by one of the most brilliant, quirky, and original writers our genre has ever produced." And, now the line we're most interested in: "I've consulted on a video game out of Japan."

This tallies with a video posted back in March by Spawn Wave, in which the YouTuber claims Martin was working at FromSoftware on an open world game in which plays would travel to different realms to fight bosses and take control of the region:

And now Gematsu reports it has a source that says Hidetaka Miyazaki, creative lead on Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, is collaborating with Martin to create an open world game that will be announced at Microsoft's E3 conference.

If these rumours are true, and the Japanese studio Martin's working with is FromSoftware, it raises a lot of questions. Will the game be more accessible? Aiming for the wide appeal that Martin's name would bring, and so lean away from the difficulty level FromSoftware's games are known for. What kind of a setting will the game have, a traditional fantasy story we've come to take from Game of Thrones or will Martin be flexing with the opportunity to do something very different?

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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