From Software's upcoming action-RPG Elden Ring has begun 2022 with a flourish by becoming Steam's most-wishlisted game.
As spotted by Eurogamer, Elden Ring, which is directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki and includes world-building elements by Game of Thrones novelist George R. R. Martin, has become Steam's most wanted upcoming release.
Slated for release on February 25, Elden Ring's move to the top of the Steam wishlist rankings ends a 12-month unbeaten streak from Techland's Dying Light 2: Stay Human, which maintained pole position throughout the entirety of 2021.
Other notable entries on the list include Recreate Games' multiplayer physics brawler Party Animals, the PC release for Santa Monica Studios' God of War, and FNTASTIC's upcoming post-apocalyptic open-world MMO, The Day Before.
As Elden Ring approaches its launch, George R. R. Martin recently spoke briefly about his time working on the game. During a blog post, Martin explained that when Miyazaki and his fellow game designers had pitched the idea of Elden Ring to him, he'd found the offer "too exciting to refuse".
"Miyazaki and his team from FromSoftware were doing groundbreaking stuff with gorgeous art, and what they wanted from me was just a bit of worldbuilding: a deep, dark, resonant world to serve as a foundation for the game they planned to create," Martin wrote. "And as it happens, I love creating worlds and writing imaginary history."
One feature that's likely to add to the hype surrounding From Software's upcoming launch of Elden Ring is the game's character creator, which recently leaked online, and seems to have impressed fans. While similar in style to those featured in Dark Souls and Bloodbourne, it appears as though the new game's creator will allow players to create much more natural-looking human characters than ever before.
For more on Elden Ring, make sure to check out this article delving into the monstrous beast that one fan came across when they broke out of the game's technical demo last year.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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