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People really want that next “Game of Thrones” book.

A new video game featuring George R.R. Martin as a consultant was announced at E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo – billed as the world’s top video game conference – in Los Angeles.

Martin was the story consultant for “Elden Ring,” a new action role-play game developed by FromSoftware and Bandai Namco Entertainment that was officially unveiled Sunday at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 press conference.

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“Set in a vast, fully fledged fantasy world, players will be able to explore, overcome danger looming at every turn, and enjoy a wide variety of RPG experiences,” a press release said.

“The world’s fiction has been created in collaboration between FromSoftware director Hidetaka Miyazaki and fantasy author George R. R. Martin, who has written masterpieces such as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” ranked (the No. 1) best-selling fantasy novel by The New York Times.”

The trailer looks pretty intense.

Also intense is the desire for Martin to deliver the next two books in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series on which the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” was based. (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia.)

“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,” one person tweeted.

Fans have been serious about getting those novels.

In May, Martin took to his website to shoot down a rumor that he had been withholding the next two novels in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series until the HBO show ended.

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“No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished,” Martin wrote in an entry headlined “Idiocy on the Internet.” “DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”