Bandai Namco, publisher of Dark Souls and Elden Ring, has contacted American fantasy author Brandon Sanderson about a possible collaboration on a future project.
During a livestream over the weekend, Sanderson – who is best known for the Mistborn and Stormlight Archives novels – received a note with a huge Elden Ring bundle from the publisher.
The long box, which was revealed to Sanderson during a livestream over the weekend, included woodblock artwork, lore details, an entire cloak and sword, and the publisher’s direct message.
Although Sanderson didn’t reveal exactly what the publisher said, he did confirm that a future collaboration could be on the cards.
“They’re interested in maybe doing something together, that’s what it says,” Sanderson said. “What I am too!”
Sanderson had no hesitation in wanting to work on a FromSoftware title. After George RR Martin was confirmed as collaborating with the studio for Elden Ring, Sanderson jokingly complained that the publisher opted for Martin “over the person who played their games from King’s Field, and ranked their games among its top 10 consistently over time.”
After he finished inspecting the promotional package, Sanderson even admitted that he had already cooked up a pitch for the studio and should send it out.
Bandai Namco would not be the first publisher to collaborate with Sanderson for their video game. In May of last year, Kelsier from the Mistborn novels was added to Fortnite as a skin. The author has also collaborated with Wizards of the Coast to produce a short story for their Magic the Gathering card game.
With Elden Ring just released, it will probably be a long time before we hear anything official about a collaboration between FromSoftware and Brandon Sanderson. But it’s hard not to be excited about the prospect, even as a distant glimmer of potential.