Bandai Namco may collaborate with another American fantasy novelist after George RR Martin

Brandon Sanderson, author of the popular Mistborn series, the sequel and conclusion to Wheel of Time, and many other fantasy novels, may be pursuing a future project with Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco.

In a recent episode of Sanderson’s stream, Live with Brandon Sanderson, the author received a promotional box from Bandai Namco, including a Lands Between map, a cape, a wooden end-game boss icon, and the Elden Ring’s de-facto mascot Malenia, as well as an unsharpened greatsword. Although Sanderson did not read the included letter aloud, when asked about its contents by a co-host, he replied, “They’re interested in maybe doing something together, so it says, and so am I.”

Sanderson had already publicly complained about being passed over for collaboration with FromSoftware in favor of George RR Martin, stating that he had a more personal connection to his games, as well as more knowledge of video games in general. It appears to be water under the bridge for Sanderson, however – he spoke positively of FromSoft and Bandai Namco’s choice to work with Martin in this recent episode of his broadcast.

There’s no guarantee that these early communications could result in a collaboration between Sanderson and Bandai Namco, but that relationship could go in many directions – not just a game. My first thought was a comic book set in the Middlelands. Bandai Namco previously indicated that it would “develop Elden Ring not only as a game, but in a number of other areas as well” in a summer 2021 press release.

Sanderson’s previous work on graphic novels such as White Sand and Dark One, coupled with Bandai Namco’s desire to build the setting and the success of previous adaptations of Dark Souls 2 and Bloodborne, all make this a potentially exciting route.

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