Elden Ring seems to contain a tribute to the manga artist who inspired the Soulslike genre

(Image credit: Kentaro Miura)

Elden Ring appears to contain a tribute to Berserk, and its late author Kentaro Miura.

Yesterday on February 23, the Elden Ring subreddit post seen just below picked up a lot of attention. The post encourages Elden Ring fans to give thanks to the late Kentaro Miura, whose manga series Berserk inspired a lot of elements used throughout the Dark Souls games. 

However, some Elden Ring fans think they've found an in-game tribute to Berserk's leading character, Guts. In the comments underneath the subreddit post, fans posted the weapon from Elden Ring seen just below, which many are claiming is a near-identical match to the greatsword that Guts typically wields. 

Elden Ring

(Image credit: FromSoftware)

If this is a tribute to Guts, it's arguably FromSoftware's most overt in-game reference to the Berserk manga series. We'll only have a short while before we find out how this particular weapon plays for ourselves, when Elden Ring releases tomorrow on February 25 for PC, PlayStation and Xbox platforms. 

As for Kentaro Miura, the manga artist and writer sadly passed away last year in May 2021. Set in a dark medieval fantasy world, Berserk debuted in 1988, and was adapted into a 25-episode anime series in 1997. Following Miura's death in mid-2021, a Berserk chapter was published posthumously. At the time of Miura's death, Berserk had surpassed 50 million copies in circulation, making it one of the most successful manga sagas of all time.

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.