In his latest blog post where he comments on the ending of HBO series Game of Thrones, writer George R.R. Martin talked about his many ongoing projects following the completion of the series, not just writing books, but also producing many shows, five of them for HBO, among other projects.
And me? I’m still here, and I’m still busy. 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. I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan. And then there’s Meow Wolf…The mention of consulting on "a video game out of Japan" ties in with the rumor we reported on last March, that placed Martin in a possible collaboration with FromSoftware, developers of the highly acclaimed dark fantasy action-RPGs Dark Souls, Bloodborne (Our Review), and more recently the samurai action-adventure Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Our Review).
The original source of the rumor came from gaming historian and journalist Liam Robertson, who’s previously been proven correct in regard to rumors about BioWare’s then-unannounced Anthem, Mass Effect Andromeda‘s animation, and the cancellation of Scalebound. Robertson passed the details on to YouTuber Spawn Wave, who claimed on Twitter: “One part of the rumor is even hard for me to believe and I’m the one reporting the rumor.” That part referred specifically to the possible collaboration with Martin.
While the collaboration hasn't been officially confirmed by FromSoftware, there's a high possibility that Martin's mention of consulting for a Japanese video game refers specifically to that collaboration. Some might even say that fits in with Hidetaka Miyazaki's approach to worldbuilding. As we noted in our original rumor report, Martin's role in this possible game would likely focus on designing the setting and lore more than an active narrative design role (dialogue, plot, etc), which would probably be done by the experienced Japanese developers themselves.
There's another rumor going around right now that FromSoftware plans on announcing a new game at E3 2019, which we will find out soon in a few weeks.
Do you think Martin is consulting for FromSoftware's new game? If so, what kind of fantasy world would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!