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Focus: Hotelmize & Qtech Software | a Partnership Promising to Revolutionize the Hospitality Industry

Hotelmize & Qtech Software | a Partnership Promising to Revolutionize the Hospitality Industry

Due to the adverse effects of the global pandemic on the tourism industry, accommodation providers have spent the downtime looking to improve their service for the expected post-corona tourism boom.

One of the ways that hospitality specialists have sought to accommodate this upcoming trend in tourism is by implementing modern technology solutions. It becomes apparent when you look into ambitious partnerships such as Hotelmize, big data booking solutions, and Qtech Software, industry-leading Travel Technology Provider.

With this partnership, Hotelmize will now integrate its big data booking solutions directly with OTRAMS Travel ERP – Qtech Software’s flagship travel software platform. This partnership provides an opportunity for Travel Businesses to benefit from the cutting-edge tech offered by both companies.

Speaking about this development, the CEO of Qtech Software, Paresh Parihar, said, “Travel Businesses are looking to improve their revenue and margins, especially after the latest slump. Seamless business operations on OTRAMS coupled with Hotelmize’s AI-based booking solution will give travel businesses the necessary tools to meet their revenue and profit goals. OTRAMS is not only the leading travel ERP solution, but it is the only comprehensive platform that offers the complete range of features required for business operations, expansion and profitability”.

Qtech Software is a World Leading Travel ERP Technology provider that serves travel companies in over 36 countries around the globe and is renowned for its innovative solutions. Its flagship travel ERP platform – OTRAMS, is used by over 200,000 Travel agents globally.

Outside of OTRAMS, Qtech Software has been diligently working to develop top-shelf solutions for the upcoming post-pandemic uptrend in global tourism. 
They’ve been making some key partnerships, such as the one with Hotelmize.

Furthermore, Qtech has been expanding its technology portfolio through acquisitions and partnerships and investing in Big Data, AI, and Data Science. That’s where the big data solutions offered by Hotelmize come into play.

Hotelmize is a travel tech company powered by AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data, this innovative post-booking solution compares fluctuating hotel rates and predicts prices. That’s how it enables travel companies to uncover hidden revenue opportunities and boost hotel booking profits and margins.

Dor Krubiner,  CEO of Hotelmize commented: “Hotelmize’s technologies have already paved the way for the future of the travel industry, the partnership with Qtech is the perfect next step for our solutions to positively impact an even larger audience”.

Hotelmize was also named as one of the most promising startups of 2020 by Phocuswright, and by UNWTO, for the Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge, as one of the most disruptive startups driving solutions to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on tourism.

Last year, Hotemize received the EMEA People’s Choice Award at the Phocuswright Europe Innovation Summit 2020 – only adding to the company’s rising star status.

How Combining Technology Will Transform Tourism
Combining technologies that are yet in their infancy and applying them to an industry currently on pause might just help change the tourism industry for good.

With the advent of improved booking, data silence, and IoT – accommodation providers can give their clients a far higher standard of service, making them stand out from their competition.

The mutually beneficial partnership between Qtech and Hotelmize shows promise to innovate the tourism industry at large while improving the solutions on both sides.

What This Means for Qtech’s Customers
Qtech is a company with a long-standing reputation of offering cutting-edge solutions – and by partnering with a company such as Hotelmize, they are adding extra value to their existing offer with AI, ML, and big data solutions.

Furthermore, existing Qtech clients will have a chance to benefit from this partnership as Hotelmize can bring new technology and reshape existing practices in the tourism industry alongside Qtech.

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AI-Based Software Accurately Identifies Autism

A software program based on artificial intelligence (AI) is effective for distinguishing young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from those with other conditions, according to results of a pivotal trial presented by Current Psychiatry and the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.

The AI-based software, which will be submitted to regulatory approval as a device, employs an algorithm that assembles inputs from a caregiver questionnaire, a video, and a clinician questionnaire, according to Sharief Taraman, MD, associate clinical professor of neurology at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, University of California, Irvine.

Although the device could be employed in a variety of settings, it is envisioned for use by primary care physicians. This will circumvent the need for specialist evaluation except in challenging cases. Currently, nearly all children with ASD are diagnosed in specialty care, according to data cited by Taraman.

“The lack of diagnostic tools for ASD in primary care settings contributes to an average delay of 3 years between first parental concern and diagnosis and to long wait lists for specialty evaluation,” he reported at the virtual meeting, presented by MedscapeLive.

When used with clinical judgment and criteria from the American Psychiatric Association’s 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the data from the trial suggest the diagnostic tool in the hands of primary care physicians “could efficiently and accurately assess ASD in children 18 to 72 months old,” Taraman said.

The AI-assisted software was evaluated in 425 children at 14 sites in 6 states. The study population was reflective of U.S. demographics. Although only 36% of the children were female, this is consistent with ASD prevalence. Only 60% of the subjects were White. Nearly 30% were Black or Latinx and other populations, such as those of Asian heritage, were represented.

Children between the ages of 18 and 72 months were eligible if both a caregiver and a health care professional were concerned that the child had ASD. About the same time that a caregiver completed a 20-item questionnaire and the primary care physician completed a 15-item questionnaire on a mobile device, the caregiver uploaded two videos of 1-2 minutes in length.

This information, along with a 33-item questionnaire completed by an analyst of the submitted videos, was then processed by the software algorithm. It provided a patient status of positive or negative for ASD, or it concluded that the status was indeterminate.

“To reduce the risk of false classifications, the indeterminate status was included as a safety feature,” Taraman explained. However, Taraman considers an indeterminate designation potentially actionable. Rather than a negative result, this status suggests a complex neurodevelopmental disorder and indicates the need for further evaluation.

The reference standard diagnosis, completed in all participants in this study, was a specialist evaluation completed independently by two experts. The presence or absence of ASD was confirmed if the experts agreed. If they did not, a third specialist made the final determination.

On the basis of the software, there was a determinate result in 52% of the children. In comparison to the specialist determinations, all were correctly classified except for one child, in which the software was determined to have made a false-negative diagnosis. A diagnosis of ASD was reached in 29% of the study participants.

For those with a determinate designation, the sensitivity was 98.4% and the specificity was 78.9%. This translated into positive predictive and negative predictive values of 80.8% and 98.3%, respectively.

Of those identified as indeterminate by the AI-assisted algorithm, 91% were ultimately considered by specialist evaluation to have complex issues. In this group, ASD was part of the complex clinical picture in 20%. The others had non-ASD neurodevelopmental conditions, according to Taraman.

When the accuracy was evaluated across ages, ethnicity, and factors such as parent education or family income, the tool performed consistently, Taraman reported. This is important, he said, because the presence or absence of ASD is misdiagnosed in many underserved populations.

The focus on developing a methodology specific for use in primary care was based on evidence that the delay in the diagnosis of ASD is attributable to long wait times for specialty evaluations.

“There will never be enough specialists. There is a need for a way to streamline the diagnosis of ASD,” Taraman maintained. This is helpful not only to parents concerned about their children, he said, but also there are data to suggest that early intervention improves outcomes.

A specialist in ASD, Paul Carbone, MD, medical director of the child development program at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, agreed. He said early diagnosis and intervention should be a goal.

“Reducing the age of ASD diagnosis is a priority because early entry into autism-specific interventions is a strong predictor of optimal developmental outcomes for children,” Carbone said.

Although he is not familiar with this experimental AI-assisted diagnostic program, he has published on the feasibility of ASD diagnosis at the primary care level. In his study, Carbone examined the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) as one of several methodologies that might be considered.

Diagnosis of ASD “can be achieved through systematic processes within primary care that facilitate universal development surveillance and autism screening followed by prompt and timely diagnostic evaluations of at-risk children,” Carbone said.

MedscapeLive and this news organization are owned by the same parent company. Taraman reported a financial relationship with Cognos, the company that is developing the ASD software for clinical use. Carbone reported that he has no conflicts of interest.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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What to Know About the Newest iPhone and Android Software

As the pandemic recedes across the country, a lot has changed about how we work and live. Some of us are now planning on returning to the office, while others will continue working from home. Many of us will do both.

The software on our phones, which have been our most essential tools in the pandemic, is also evolving for this new reality. The changes are courtesy of Apple and Google, which recently unveiled their latest phone software designed for this Covid-accelerated era of hybrid remote work.

This week, Apple showed iOS 15, its next operating system for iPhones. The software gives device owners new tools to draw boundaries for hybrid work, like a status message that lets others know you are busy before they message you. FaceTime, Apple’s videoconferencing software, will also get its biggest expansion since its debut more than a decade ago. The service will finally be opened to non-Apple devices, including Android phones, and has been improved so video sessions look and sound better.

Last month, Google introduced Android 12, its latest operating system for mobile devices. The company focused on streamlining the design of its software to help people get their work done more efficiently, including a menu of shortcuts to get to their favorite tools more quickly.

To Carolina Milanesi, a consumer technology analyst for Creative Strategies, the changes in iOS 15 and Android 12 — especially Apple’s tool for setting digital boundaries — reflect the way our lives and work are shifting again as we try to leave the pandemic behind.

“That little prompt that says people don’t want to be disturbed is going to be really important,” she said. “Maybe you’ll prepare your message on the weekend, but you don’t hit send until Monday morning, so that way you don’t push other people to work on a weekend. It takes the pressure away.”

Apple and Google walked me through the highlights of their new mobile operating systems, which also include new privacy controls and enhancements to phone cameras. Both systems are set for release this fall.

Here’s what you need to know.

Stuck at home for most of the last year, many of us became glued to our phone screens, chatting on video calls and messaging loved ones amid doomscrolling sessions. For some, that made it feel impossible to stay focused on a single task.

In response, Apple’s new software provides iPhone owners with tools to minimize distractions, while Google has added buttons to help people perform tasks on the phone more quickly.

Consider one new feature from Apple, called Focus. Focus can be used to set dividing lines for different parts of your day. You can break up your day into categories like personal life, work and sleep. For each of those, you then decide which people and apps can cause notifications to appear on your phone.

During work, you can set the phone so that only your boss’s messages appear as notifications; other notifications will be muted. If you want to stay focused on your personal life, you could allow notifications only from family and friends. You can also set the phone to Do Not Disturb and have a status message like “On deadline” or “At the movies.” People trying to message you will see that status and might consider messaging you later.

Google’s changes are more cosmetic. It redesigned the controls in Android to include large rectangular buttons for easy access to functions such as the flashlight, internet settings and the audio recorder.

Videoconferencing has became a ubiquitous communication medium for office meetings, happy hours and yoga sessions. Now Apple’s FaceTime is getting a major revamp, with more features and the ability to work with non-Apple devices. Those changes put it more on a par with Zoom, the No. 1 videoconferencing app.

For the first time with iOS 15, FaceTime will be accessible through an internet browser. That means Android and Windows users can use their browsers to video chat with iPhone users in a FaceTime session by clicking on a link.

But the most remarkable new features for FaceTime remain exclusive to Apple users. SharePlay will allow iPhone owners on a FaceTime call to use an app together. If you stream a movie and hit the SharePlay button, the other person on the call will be able to stream the movie simultaneously. If an Android user is on the FaceTime call, though, the SharePlay function won’t work at all.

For years, Apple and Google have competed head to head in offering phone cameras that produce excellent photos. But Apple’s camera software has lagged Google’s software, which is powered by artificial intelligence. In iOS 15, Apple is taking steps to make its camera software smarter.

With a feature that Apple calls Live Text, iPhone users can soon do more with the camera’s ability to function as a document scanner. If you snapped a picture of a restaurant receipt, for instance, you will be able to use Live Text to tap on the phone number in the photo to call the restaurant. Or if you point the camera at a tracking label, you can tap on the tracking number to immediately track the package — no typing required.

Apple device owners will also be able to pull up these types of images later with a keyword search. So if you took a photo of a handwritten recipe, you could open your photo album and type the name of the recipe to search for the image. At that point, you could also convert the scribbled notes from the handwritten recipe into text and transfer it to a digital notepad.

The technology powering this is known as optical image recognition, blended with some artificial intelligence. Android’s photo app has had a similar feature, Lens, for about four years.

Apple has made waves over the last few years with tools to protect user privacy, including a button that allows iPhone owners to ask apps not to track and share their activities with third parties like marketers.

Google, whose revenue relies primarily on serving digital ads, has not responded with a similar prompt for people to easily opt out of tracking. But Android 12 will give people more transparency into the data that apps are collecting and provide new controls to restrict an app’s access to data.

One tool, which Google calls a privacy dashboard, shows a timeline of apps that have access to different parts of the phone throughout the day. It could show that a social media app tapped your camera at 1 p.m. and that a weather app used your location at 3 p.m.

Google has also added some buttons like kill switches to shut off an app’s access to the phone’s microphone and camera. That could be useful in sensitive situations, like when you visit a doctor and want to make sure an app is not listening in on the conversation.

Apple also said this week that more privacy controls were arriving for iPhones, including a so-called app privacy report that works similarly to Google’s privacy dashboard. In addition to revealing what data is being tapped by each app, the privacy report will show the domains, or web addresses, that the apps are contacting. That could give insight into what companies an app is sharing data with while you use it.

Author: Brian X. Chen
This post originally appeared on NYT > Technology > Personal Tech

Software giant SAP agrees to pay $8 million in penalties

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German software multinational SAP has agreed to pay more than $ 8 million in penalties as part of a deal to settle complaints it broke US federal law by exporting thousands of products to Iran, the US Department of Justice said.

Federal prosecutors have agreed not to press charges against the global company as part of its deal with the US Justice, Treasury and Commerce departments.

The Justice Department (DOJ) said in a statement on Thursday that the deal it struck with the global software company is the first of its kind.

SAP, which is headquartered in the German town of Walldorf, admitted that it violated laws around exports and US sanctions related to Iran, and agreed to help US authorities with their investigations.

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Prosecutors allege that the company illegally exported thousands of software products to Iranian firms over at least seven years.

According to DOJ officials, under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, companies can benefit from self-disclosure agreements if they make disclosures before the “imminent threat of disclosure or government investigation”.

John Demers, Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ’s National Security Division, said the situation “could have been far worse” for SAP if it hadn’t admitted to the illegal exports. “We hope that other businesses, software or otherwise, will heed this lesson,” he told reporters on Thursday.

SAP said in a statement it “welcomed” the conclusion of the US investigations and that it “accepts full responsibility for past conduct.”

This is not the first time the company has paid financial penalties to US authorities in relation to its foreign business activities. In 2016, the software giant agreed to give up $ 3.7 million in sales profits after an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission found that an SAP executive had paid $ 145,000 in bribes to a senior Panamanian government official.

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PS4 update 8.50: New PlayStation Software update adds features but drops Communities

New PlayStation Software updates have gone live today, and PS5 version 8.50 includes new features and the removal of old ones.

The good news is that Sony has released detailed patch notes on everything that has changed and haven’t just left fans with a small note citing “improvements”.

The new PS4 8.50 system update weighs at the usual 481MB and comes with some interesting new features.

This includes Sony expanding its ranges of cross-gen options, something that might surprise a few gamers.

While the PS4 is expected to be slowly dumped by the tech giant over the coming month, that hasn’t stopped the tech giant from improving some aspects of its shared ecosystem.

At the top of the list of 8.50 improvements is a note confirming that Share Play can now be used in party with players on PS5 consoles.

But while a range of improvements have been released today for the PlayStation 4, Sony has also taken a few away.

PlayStation Communities has been officially axed on the PS4 today, meaning you can longer access the feature.

Communities was an addon where console owners could find other players who had similar interests and preferences.

Within a Community, you could play games or have parties with other Community members, or talk about your shared interests.

Sadly for those who were still using this feature, Sony warned of its demise earlier this month, telling PS4 owners:

“Thank you for using the PS Communities feature on your PS4 console. Beginning in April 2021, this feature will no longer be supported or available on your PS4 console.

PS4 PATCH NOTES

  • In Party, you can now enjoy Share Play with players on PS5 consoles.
  • In Messages, you can now turn notifications on or off for each of the groups you’re in. On the group screen, open the options menu and select Turn Notifications Off.

Other updated features

  • On the game session details screen, you can now use the Request to Join button to ask the session leader to join their game session. The session leader can then send you an invite to join the game session.
  • When playing a game you’ve hidden, other players will no longer see that you’re currently playing that game.
  • We’ve updated the file format for extended storage.
  • When you connect an extended storage device, its file format will be updated.
  • After that, you won’t be able to use the device on a PS4 that has a previous version of the system software.

The Communities feature is no longer available.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

PS5 software update release date, launch time and PATCH NOTES revealed for PlayStation 5

Sony has announced plans to release a major system software update for the PS5.

The first big PlayStation 5 firmware update has an April 14 release date. There’s no official launch time, but it’s likely to be available by 12pm BST.

According to the patch notes, the headline new feature is the ability to store PS5 games on an external USB storage device.

As Sony points out, transferring PS5 games between the console and USB storage is quicker than deleting and re-downloading software.

It’s worth pointing out that games can’t be played directly from the USB storage device

“Because PS5 games are designed to take advantage of the console’s ultra high-speed SSD, PS5 titles can’t be played from USB extended storage,” Sony explains.

“PS5 titles also cannot be directly downloaded to USB extended storage. However, games that you transfer or copy back to internal storage will automatically update when applicable.

“In addition, you can select which game modes you want to install (such as campaign or multiplayer) for select titles that support the option.”

Sadly, however, the new firmware update doesn’t add the external SSD support, although this feature is still planned for a future update.

Another big new feature is the ability to use the Share Play function between generations. It means PS4 users can try out the PS5 without actually owning a console.

Elsewhere, fans will be able to pre-download updates for the PS5 console, but only on a case by case basis.

“Once it’s enabled by developers, title updates for games will pre-download to your console if the “automatic updates” setting is enabled and your console is on or in rest mode. This will let you start playing the latest version of a game immediately after the update’s release.”

You can see the full list of PS5 system update patch notes below…

PS5 Storage Expansion and Management…

• Store PS5 Games on Compatible External USB Drives

 – With this feature, you can now transfer your PS5 games to USB extended storage from your console’s internal storage.

 – It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play.

New Social Features for PS4 and PS5 Consoles…

• Cross-generation Share Play

– PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa.

• Request to Join Game Session

– A selection of your friends’ joinable game sessions will now appear on both PS5 and PS4 consoles, allowing for more gameplay opportunities together. The “Request to Join” option also serves as a shortcut to sending a game invite, reducing the time it takes for you to get into games with friends.

• Enhanced Control and Personalization Options for PS5 Consoles

• Improved Game Base

– The Game Base menu has been improved for quicker access to important content and features. You can now easily switch between Parties and Friends to start chatting with your existing parties or see what each of your online friends is up to.

New Social Features for PS4 and PS5 Consoles continued…

• Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume

– You can now quickly disable in-game chat, which turns off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players. Additionally, you can easily adjust the individual voice chat volume of other players in the same chat so you don’t have to ask your friends to lower or increase their mic volume each time.

• Game Update Pre-download

– Once it’s enabled by developers, title updates for games will pre-download to your console if the “automatic updates” setting is enabled and your console is on or in rest mode. This will let you start playing the latest version of a game immediately after the update’s release.

• Customize Game Library

– With the ability to search your library or hide games from view, it’s now easier to find content and personalize your view of your game library.

• Screen Zoom

– You can now adjust the magnification of the screen to suit your preference from the Settings menu.

• New Trophy Settings and Stats Screen

– The level of trophies that results in automatic capture of a screenshot or video clip can now be customised – so you can now choose to only capture and save images/videos of moments when you earn higher-grade trophies, like Gold or Platinum.

– We’re also introducing a new player Trophy Stats screen, where you can check out the summary of your trophy level and status at a glance.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

id Software Tells Fans To “Stay Tuned” For More DOOM Eternal Updates Later This Year

DOOM Eternal The Ancient Gods – Part Two
DOOM Eternal The Ancient Gods – Part Two (Image: Bethesda Softworks)

Last week, id Software dropped DOOM Eternal‘s second DLC, The Ancient Gods – Part Two, on every platform but the Switch.

Despite the fact the Nintendo version of the game hasn’t even got the first part of the expansion yet, executive producer Marty Stratton and game director Hugo Martin have now told fans to “stay tuned” for more DOOM Eternal updates later this year.

As we noted last week, Bethesda previously confirmed the “campaign expansions” are on their way to the Switch, although a release date for this platform remains unknown. DOOM Eternal first arrived on 20th March last year but wasn’t available on the Switch until 8th December, and was a digital-only release.

In related news, Bethesda (including id Software) was recently acquired by Microsoft and has now joined team Xbox. Will you be checking out DOOM Eternal’s part one and two expansion when and if it arrives on the Switch? Comment below.

Software guru John McAfee and his top cryptocurrency adviser charged with fraud and money laundering by US federal prosecutors

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee has been charged with fraud and money laundering by prosecutors in New York. The businessman and one-time presidential candidate is accused of fraudulently promoting cryptocurrency on social media.

An indictment against McAfee was unsealed on Friday, and names both him and Jimmy Gale Watson – an adviser to McAfee – as defendants in a fraud and money laundering case. The pair are accused of using McAfee’s social media accounts to publicize various cryptocurrencies, inflating their value and allegedly netting McAfee more than $ 13 million. Another member of the McAfee team was allegedly tasked with laundering this money in a series of banking transactions.

“As alleged, McAfee and Watson used social media to perpetrate an age-old pump-and-dump scheme,” FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a Justice Department press release, referring to the practice of buying assets cheaply, before hyping up their value and selling them at this new, artificial price.
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McAfee has long considered himself an outlaw, and spent much of the last several years living on a yacht in the Caribbean, admittedly on the run from US tax authorities. He turned up in Spain last September and was arrested there the following month, awaiting extradition to the US to face tax evasion charges, as well as the latest fraud and money laundering accusations.

McAfee has continued to tweet his musings and observations from behind bars, while his wife, Janice McAfee, last month put out a message looking for American lawyers, preferably with a “sound understanding of cryptocurrency.”

If convicted on all of the latest counts, McAfee could face up to 60 years in prison, on top of whatever sentence he could also receive for tax evasion.

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Elden Ring release date news: Light at the end of the tunnel for From Software fans

It looks like Elden Ring developer From Software is getting ready to reveal more about the upcoming adventure game.

A collaboration between From Software and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, Elden Ring has been missing in action since it was unveiled during the 2019 E3 event.

Information has been so hard to come by that some fans believe it may have been cancelled.

Fortunately, however, a new report suggests that Elden Rings is about to make a comeback.

That’s according to industry insider Jason Schreier, who said that the game will be shown “relatively soon”.

“I know lots of people are desperate for Elden Ring news,” Schreier tweets.

“I don’t know much about it (except that it’s been delayed a bunch). But there is strong evidence floating around that the game will be shown relatively soon. It’s not going to pull a Winds of Winter. Elden Ring has pages.”

There are even reports that Elden Ring will make an appearance during an imminent Xbox gaming event in March.

However, Microsoft has since denied the rumours, telling fans that no such event is planned for March.

“Just to set expectations: this is not happening,” Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg reveals. “There are always things we have in the works, but nothing coming soon that would feature game announcements or world premieres like this.”

Recent leaks suggest that Elden Ring will take inspiration from Norse and Celtic mythology.

The gameplay is said to be similar to previous From Software games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, although the world will be much bigger.

Elden Ring is said to have dynamic weather and a full day/night cycle, which means you could begin a battle in sunshine, before the weather changes to thunder and lightning.

It sounds like there will be at least two factions to side with, including a race of giants with red hair (as seen in the trailer), and another with white hair.

What we do know for sure about Elden Ring is that the fantasy adventure game is a collaboration between From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

“Unparalleled adventure awaits in Elden Ring, the next epic fantasy title created by From Software, Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc,” reads the official description.

“Elden Ring is From Software’s largest game to-date and is set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential and critically acclaimed DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.”

Rumours suggest it will be released this spring, which means we should get some official information in the coming weeks and months.