The meaning of Elden Ring was recently explained by FromSoftware’s Hidetaka Miyazaki.
“The Elden Ring is a mysterious, key element in the foundation of the world we have created,” Miyazaki told IGN. “It forms the rules and rhythm of this world. But as you can see in our trailer, it has been shattered.”
Rather than a ring worn on a finger, the FromSoftware head said the term “ring” is meant in the context of “circle” within the world he’s created with Game of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin. Despite this key difference, Miyazaki did acknowledge the influence of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings upon his work.
“The Lord of the Rings is the most classic fantasy novel, so of course Elden Ring is influenced by it to some degree,” Miyazaki admitted, “but not in a direct way.”
Elden Ring will be available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4; a release date wasn’t named.