A leak of Bandai Namco's E3 assets appears to have given us our first look at a new RPG, Tales of Arise, and the logo of another game, called Elden Ring. And this is a big one: According to the description, Elden Ring is the official name of project "Great Rune," the rumored collaboration between author George R.R. Martin and developer From Software.
The description, posted to 4chan and elsewhere online, reads:
ELDEN RING, developed by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Danger and discovery lurk around every corner in FromSoftware’s largest game to-date. Hidetaka Miyazaki, President and Game Director of FromSoftware Inc. known for directing critically-acclaimed games in beloved franchises including Armored Core, Dark Souls, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. George R.R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast For Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made.
According to posts along with the leak, it's coming to PS4, Xbox, and PC.
I'm immediately reminded of Drakkhen, a SNES game that was advertised as a collaboration between the developer (Infogrames, published by Kemco) and Gary Gygax. Drakkhen is known for being weird and incomprehensible, and these are adjectives that have often been used to describe modern From games. It may be a marketing gimmick, but the thought of a marriage between a popular fantasy writer and and a Japanese development studio is too tempting for me to ignore the hype. Here's to hoping we get real details during the show. It'd be a shame if we ruined the surprise for ourselves ahead of E3 only for them to have nothing else to show us, but that seems the likeliest state of affairs at this point. This is the sort of thing they would save for the end of the show and tease with the screenshot, but we'll know for sure soon enough.
Anyway, Drakkhen has really good music.