It is no secret that Elden Ring exists as part of a collaboration between From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. While Elden Ring's release is still a couple of weeks away, Miyazaki has some thoughts about whom he might want to work with next on a future From Software game.
George R. R. Martin's involvement in Elden Ring's development is consistent with his work as an author, being strictly involved in the narrative side of things. As From Software chipped away at opening up the game world, Martin's major responsibility was crafting the history of the world. As of late, Martin's lack of computer game playing came under a magnifying glass by another major fantasy writer. Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson criticized the collaboration between From Software and Martin, essentially calling out the author's lack of appreciation for the field versus their own.
In a new PlayStation Blog post, Elden Ring director Miyazaki shares their desire to work with someone outside the game industry again. Content Communications Manager at Sony Tim Turi asks Miyzaki who else they would collaborate with assuming they could, to which Miyazaki rapidly states, "That's a troublesome question." After admitting that working with Martin himself is still surreal, Miyzaki pauses briefly prior to answering, "I don't think I would choose an individual game creator." From Software brought Martin onto Elden Ring for collaboration as opposed to Martin requesting to work with the studio.
Miyazaki goes on to discuss what Martin's involvement has meant for Elden Ring's development. "One of the major appeals of working with George R. R. Martin was the manner by which the medium he works in is such an alternate style. Games and books are vastly various forms of media, after all," Miyazaki explains.
Ultimately, Miyazaki states the desire to work with someone "who can give that same degree of stimulation that's impossible for us to achieve as game developers," regardless of what medium they work in. Martin as of late composed on his blog about how incredible Elden Ring looks, and the process of working with From Software.
There are two vital takeaways from Miyazaki's responses here, the first being the means by which grateful they are for Martin's work on Elden Ring. Considering Martin apparently signed on for 6 additional Elden Ring games, it seems the partnership between From Software and the author will continue for quite a while.
The other takeaway is Miyazaki's extremely liberal perspective to video game development, seeking the ideas of non-computer game creators for inspiration instead of other developers'. A couple of more weeks, then, until fans can see whether the collaboration among Miyazaki and Martin pays off.