Bandai Namco wants to work with fantasy author Brandon Sanderson
Acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson receives a live package that suggests Bandai Namco wants to work with him in the future.
The latest addition to FromSoftware’s games catalog is the open-world dark fantasy title Ring of Elden, which follows in the footsteps of previous Soulsborne titles – except it was designed around world-building by renowned fantasy author George RR Martin. Martin’s work on Ring of Elden was acclaimed by fans and critics alike, and one of his fellow fantasy writers expressed a desire to follow in his footsteps. Now, Born of the Mists Author Brandon Sanderson appears to have been approached by Bandai Namco about the possibility of working together.
Born of the Mists is a series of books inspired by the heroic fantasy and heist genres. Although the books have yet to get a proper screen or video game adaptation, Born of the Mists crossed with fortnite in the past. Sanderson himself is a well-known gamer who has expressed excitement about working on a video game like Martin did.
During a recent live stream, Sanderson unpacked a huge package from Bandai Namco and revealed that it was a bundle of Ring of Elden– themed gifts. The package included a sword, cape, hand-burnt piece of lore, and other post-game themed merchandise. It also featured a note from Bandai Namco which Sanderson says means the company is interested in “maybe doing something together,” although he declined to go into specifics while airing. This may indicate that Bandai Namco is planning to pursue a collaboration similar to the one with Martin for Ring of Elden.
Sanderson previously announced his frustration with FromSoftware’s decision to work with Martin instead of him, as Martin is not particularly experienced or knowledgeable about video games. Meanwhile, Sanderson loves games a lot and has had good experiences with FromSoftware titles. Additionally, he’s also well-known for creating an incredibly intricate fantasy world, though his settings are a different brand of dark fantasy from the gritty historical style that Martin prefers. Born of the MistsAllomancy is often regarded as one of the best magical systems in fantasy fiction.
While it’s unclear where this might lead, Bandai Namco expressing interest in working with Sanderson in the future could lead to something as incredible as Ring of Elden. By this point, FromSoftware has pretty much perfected the Soulslike formula, and Sanderson reportedly gave a lot of thought to how he would try to write a game in the genre. He concluded the live stream segment by stating that he might have to send them the terrain he was working on and see what comes of it.
Ring of Elden is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
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