The Sad, But Heartwarming Tribute Behind 'Elden Ring's Easter Eggs
Elden Ring is not just one of the greatest games of all time; it's also one of the most interesting due to the intentionally obtuse way it presents the story of its complex world. It's very clear, however, that a big part of the Dark Souls series, such as its medieval European setting and dark tone, has been inspired by Berserk, a cult manga from Japan. On the left is a picture from Guts, the main character from Berserk; on the right is the fallen knight Artorias from the original Dark Souls.
Sadly, Kentaro Miura, the creator of Berserk, passed away shortly before the release of Elden Ring, which might have resulted in From Soft's devs making their references to Miura's work even more heartwarmingly clear.
Try to find the difference between King Gaiseric from Berserk …
… and Radahn, a fallen boss from Elden Ring (get used to that trend).
Another similarity is Griffith's looks from Berserk after leaving prison and those of the prisoner class from Elden Ring.
They really do have a big thing for the helmets from Berserk.
The picture below is as close as we'll get to an awesome video game adaptation of Berserk because it features both Guts' sword …
… as well as Berserk's the world spiral tree.
While it's incredibly tragic that Miura will never get to show us the ending he had envisioned for his story, I doubt he could have picked a better property to carry on his legacy. Oh, and though George R.R. Martin is still alive and seemingly in good health, I'm just gonna go ahead and say that the same probably applies to A Song Of Ice And Fire, a series which is also honored by this reference to the iron throne
Top Image: From Software