When George R.R. Martin was named as a story consultant on FromSoftware’s action role-playing game Elden Ring, some A Song of Ice and Fire readers blinked. Desperately awaiting the release of the last two books in Martin’s series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, fans saw his Elden Ring participation as an unwanted distraction from completing his epic fantasy novels.
Let’s see what the internet has to say, shall we?
ARE THE LAST TWO BOOKS HIDDEN IN THIS GAME?
— that boy needs therapy (@darkovolkov) June 10, 2019
Heh. Sometimes the best way to fight despair is with humor.
Oh cool…George R R Martin is taking procrastinating on writing to a whole new level by getting into the gaming world with Elden Ring 🙄
— Ari (@untetheredfox) June 9, 2019
Is Martin truly procrastinating, or is he just taking his time? It’s taken him longer and longer to complete each book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, with the wait for Winds being the longest yet.
george rr martin: I want to tell a story about warring nations, intricate politics, and human strife
hidetaka miyazaki: ok but only if they’re fighting over a weird ring made of hands
george rr martin: …sure? pic.twitter.com/ueCBOXvnpT
— nathan (mostly) @ electronic 3 (@Vahn16) June 9, 2019
Meanwhile, some fans are more…well, they have unique viewpoints:
While gaming fans rejoice:
Neither Eldin Ring nor The Winds of Winter currently have a release date. It’s anybody’s guess which ones comes out first.