George RR Martin consults on Japanese game

George RR Martin

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has revealed that he has been consulting on an unnamed game under development in Japan.

In a post on his blog chronicling the end of the all-conquering TV series based on his books, Martin said: “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.”

Martin’s throwaway comment has led to an avalanche of speculation, but Gematsu claims to have inside knowledge that the developer for whom Martin has been consulting is the legendary From Software. Gematsu asserted that: “A person familiar with ongoings at From Software has told Gematsu that the project—said to be known internally as “GR” (Gematsu has been asked to only share the acronym) and in development for the past three years—is an open-world title (with horse riding) and collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin published by Bandai Namco, which will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference.”

There’s no suggestion that the project will be branded as a Game of Thrones game, but the prospect of an unannounced From Software title with writing input from George RR Martin is a mouth-watering one. Despite the huge success of the TV series, Game of Thrones videogames have failed to catch the public imagination, with 2014’s six-part episodic effort created by the late Telltale Games the pick of an unimpressive bunch.

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