Elden Ring is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is a collaborative effort between game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin. It is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on January 21, 2022. Elden Ring was announced at E3 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. No further information was revealed until a June 2021 trailer announced a release date of January 21, 2022, with additional releases on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Elden Ring is an action role-playing game being developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is being directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki with worldbuilding by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. A fan of Martin’s work, Miyazaki contacted him with an offer to work together on a project, giving him the creative freedom to write the overarching backstory of the game’s universe. Miyazaki used his contributions as the foundation of the game’s narrative, comparing the process to that of using a “dungeon master’s handbook in a tabletop RPG”. Some staff from Game of Thrones, a television series adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, assisted with the game’s development. Work began on Elden Ring in early 2017, following the release of The Ringed City, a piece of downloadable content for Dark Souls III. As with games in the Souls series, players will have the ability to create their own custom character instead of using a fixed protagonist. Miyazaki also considered Elden Ring to be a more “natural evolution” to the Souls series, featuring an open world with new gameplay mechanics such as horseback riding. Unlike many other open world games, Elden Ring will not feature populated towns with non-player characters, with the world having numerous dungeon-like ruins in their place. When asked about the possibility of the story being novelized, Miyazaki stated that he would rather have players experience it themselves by playing the game, as he thinks the game’s secrets and mysteries would be spoiled otherwise. The score is being written by Yuka Kitamura, who has composed for many of Miyazaki’s previous games.