George R. R. Martin, the author behind the acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels adapted into the HBO show Game of Thrones, recently confirmed that he was consulting on a video game out of Japan, adding fuel to the fire that Martin was working with From Software on a new project. Since then, the rumor mill has been hard at work, with this collaboration between GRRM and the Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice dev rumored to be titled 'Great Rune'.
Great Rune is rumored to be From Software's next game, with an official announcement reportedly happening at E3 2019, yet very little exists to substantiate the existence of the game. A mysterious subreddit for the game recently appeared online, but now it appears that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice may also hint at Great Rune's existence. It's worth adding that From Software is known to hide hints in its video games, as there was a hidden Sekiro reference in Bloodborne as well.
In Sekiro's game files (discovered by modder TKGP), there is a strange network path that begins with N:\GR, but while this may not seem like much, it could very well prove to be a serious hint. This is because From Software always begins its network paths with a different abbreviation for each game, with Sekiro's being N:\NTC, so this network path would then be alluding to a new game. It bears the same initials as Great Rune, but it could also be misleading.
The network abbreviation for Sekiro does not bear any real connection to the title of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (NTC vs. SSDT), so the network path for Great Rune being its initials seems unlikely in comparison. However, there have been rumors that Great Rune was simply a code name for From Software's next project, meaning there could be more here.
Apparently there was a sneaky little reference to Great Rune sitting here in the Sekiro material configs all along. pic.twitter.com/H5uKZOUzZi— TKGP (@TKGP_) May 29, 2019
Rumors concerning characters and story for From Software's new game have also been circulating, suggesting that it will have three playable characters and be set during a 100-year civil war. Of course, we'll have to wait for E3 2019 for any real confirmation about Great Rune and any of its details.
Great Rune is rumored to be in development for unspecified platforms.
Source: Twitter - TKGP
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