After the huge success of Elden Ring, it is just natural for publisher Bandai Namco to investigate new avenues of collaborations with other authors. If you don’t know, Elden Ring was developed in partnership with Game of Thrones author George R.R Martin who had a significant role in the game’s story and setting. It seems that Bandai Namco is already eyeing out its next author collaboration with fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson.
Brandon Sanderson is best known for his work on novels such as Mistborn and Stormlight Archive. According to Sanderson, Bandai Namco has issued him with a note stating that they are interested in perhaps doing something together in the future.
Sanderson hosted a live stream where the author unboxed a package sent to him by Bandai Namco. During his stream, which played host to a number of topics, Sanderson discussed the possibility of working on a Soulsborn pitch. He claims that Bandai Namco is interesting in working together. Sanderson then confirmed that he actually has a Soulsborn pitch ready in his head and says he is going to send it to Bandai Namco.
“They are interested in perhaps doing something together, is what that says. I am as well, actually. This is how I roll: I actually have a pitch for them in the back of my head… so I may have to send them my pitch and see what they think.”
Sanderson says that he often works on stories inspired by ongoing games and media. Even if these stories don’t manifest into actual content. He worked on a story for Magic: The Gathering, for example.
“I always have a pitch for everything. That’s the thing. Like, ‘if I were ever going to do a Soulsborne game, what would I do?’ You guys know what happened when I thought, ‘I wondered what I would do if I ever wrote a Magic: The Gathering story?.
I spent four years developing a Magic: The Gathering story so that when Magic contacted me and said, ‘hey, do you want to write a story?’ I could say, ‘yes, I already have one, and I will write it!” And I did.
The same way, I’ve been thinking, ‘what would I do if I did a Soulsborne sort of game?’ Obviously, I don’t get to decide that, right? But I have it in the back of my head, so maybe you guys will hear something from me. I have some ideas… I always have ideas.”
Keep in mind that while Bandai Namco publishes FromSoftware titles, the studio remains independent. So if this pitch would ever see the light of day, it would have to go through Bandai Namco and FromSoftware would have to like it too. Even if Bandai Namco thinks it’s the best pitch ever, the studio could reject it.
Brandon Sanderson was a bit salty about Elden Ring. During his stream, he shared his thoughts on George R.R Martin working with FromSoftware on the game. Sanderson claims that Martin isn’t a gamer. He doesn’t play video games and instead spends his day blogging about NFL. Sanderson says “George has no idea”.
“Most of [these requests] go to the agent these days, but sometimes they pop up for me, but let me be salty,” he said.
FromSoftware decides to make a fantasy game and partner with a fantasy novelist, right? And they choose someone who spends his days blogging about the NFL, rather than the person who has played their games since King’s Field, and has listed their games among his top 10 consistently over time? What are you thinking, people?
If you don’t know, they went to George, and made a game with George, and I’m like, George doesn’t play video games. George has no idea. So anyway, there you go.”
Brandon Sanderson might have missed out on Elden Ring but the writer does have a game coming out in the future that he was been working on with a studio. He announced last year that he’d already been working on a video game for “several years” but the project has not been announced yet.