Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, best known for creating the Mistborn novels and writing the later books in The Wheel of Time series, has been approached by Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco to collaborate on a future project.
During a live stream on his personal YouTube channel, the author received an Elden Ring promotional goodie bag containing a sword, cape, map of the Middle Lands, and a woodcut image of the Elden Ring boss. , Malenia. It also contained a letter suggesting that Bandai Namco would be interested in working with Sanderson in the future (thanks, PC Gamer).
Sanderson didn’t read the letter in full, but said, “They’re interested in maybe doing something together, that’s what it says — which I am too.”
“That’s how I roll,” he continued. “I actually have a pitch for them in the back of my head…so maybe I should send them my pitch and see what they think.”
Sanderson compared this preliminary idea with the pitch he sent to Wizards of the Coast that eventually turned into his 2018 Magic: The Gathering novel, Children of the Nameless.
“If I ever had to make a Soulsborne game, what would I do? You know what happened when I thought, “I wonder what I would do if I ever wrote a Magic: The Gathering story?”
“I spent four years developing a Magic: The Gathering story, so when Magic reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, you want to write a story,’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I I already have one and I’m going to write it down.
“Similarly, I thought, ‘What would I do if I made some sort of soulsborne game? Obviously, it’s not me who decides, but I have it right in the back of my mind. So maybe you’ll hear something from me. I have a few ideas; I always have ideas. »
Sanderson previously said he wanted to work with Elden Ring developer FromSoftware, even expressing dismay that the studio chose to collaborate with George RR Martin on the game, rather than him.
Speaking at a Q&A panel earlier this year, he said: ‘Let me be salty. “FromSoftware decides to make a fantasy game and partner with a fantasy novelist, and they choose someone who spends their days blogging about the NFL over the person who’s played their games from King’s Field and regularly ranked his games among his top 10 overtime.”
“What are you thinking, people? »
“They went to George and made a game with George, and I’m like George doesn’t play video games. George has no idea.
During this last video, a co-host asked Sanderson if the Bandai Namco goodie bag also contained a note apologizing for hiring Martin to work on Elden Ring. Sanderson replied that the editor “should have hired George”, suggesting there was no bad blood between them.
Of course, a collaboration between Sanderson and Bandai Namco isn’t certain, and mutual interest doesn’t guarantee that the two will ever find the opportunity to work together. If they did, it’s unclear whether Bandai Namco would want Sanderson to contribute to a video game. He could instead ask Sanderson to write a book, comic, or other extended Elden Ring material, following in the footsteps of the Bloodborne graphic novels and Dark Souls lore books.