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The Heartwarming Elden Ring Fan Theory That Changes Everything About The Greatsword

"Elden Ring" fans have been waiting for the game for quite some time, ever since the collaboration between "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin and "Dark Souls" creator Hidetaka Miyazaki was announced in 2019. Now that the game is finally out, it has been universally praised by critics everywhere, earning an impressive Metacritic score

Prior to the release of the game, plenty of leaked information made its way online. And now, fans are pointing out a significant change that has been made to a classic FromSoftware weapon: the Greatsword. Beware of mild spoilers ahead for "Elden Ring."

Reddit user Mr_Jackabin posted a picture of the Greatsword as it appears in "Elden Ring," along with its in-game description. As pointed out by Mr_Jackabin, the sword has apparently been redesigned from its previous appearances in the "Dark Souls" games to look even more like the sword wielded by Guts, the main protagonist in the anime and manga "Berserk." 

The user thought that this was a clear tribute to the late Kentaro Miura, the creator of the highly influential manga. Miura, who sadly died in 2021, was also a huge inspiration for much of FromSoftware's work, as well as other popular games like "Final Fantasy 14." Here is why fans are going wild over the Greatsword's evolution in "Elden Ring."

Berserk and Dark Souls

Many fans have been quick to support the theory. One user pointed out that the description of the great sword is incredibly similar to the description found in "Berserk," and another user theorized that the Japanese translations of both media would probably be even closer in phrasing.

Others pointed out that there have been many references to "Berserk" in FromSoftware's "Dark Souls" games, so it's not a stretch to say that the change to the Greatsword was a pointed reference. Plenty of fans of both series were excited to see them come together, to the point where one fan has even created a comparison of the "Elden Ring" Greatsword to Guts' sword and the previous "Dark Souls" Greatswords, just to show just how it has changed.

As more fans dig into "Elden Ring," who knows how many other parallels and nods to Miura's work may be discovered?