Elden Ring publisher wants to collaborate with Brandon Sanderson

The fantasy author to game writer pipeline continues.

Bandai Namco isn’t done working with famous fantasy authors. Author Brandon Sanderson is well known for his fantasy writing; notably, the Mistborn series. He also finished Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time after the author passed. Given their work with George R.R. Martin for Elden Ring, Bandai Namco expressed interest working with Sanderson in a future Soulsborne game after sending him an Elden Ring gift box.

The Elden Ring Brandon Sanderson collaboration

In a YouTube livestream, Sanderson unboxed an Elden Ring package sent by Bandai Namco. The package contained many goodies, including a world map, a wooden cut of Malenia, Blade of Miquella, a cloak, and a sword. Sanderson joked he expected them to send a copy of the game, but that “this is cooler, I can buy the game” as he admired the sword. Along with all those special gifts, Bandai Namco left him with a wax-sealed, hand-burnt letter.

A production team member joked it was a “I’m sorry we hired George” package, referencing George R.R. Martin. Sanderson laughed, insisting he was happy that George R.R. Martin and Bandai Namco teamed up. However, the team prompted Sanderson to read the contents of the letter. After skimming the letter, Sanderson announced what Bandai Namco intends:

“They are interested in perhaps doing something together, which I am as well.”

Sanderson added he already had a pitch in mind that he had sat on “if he ever had the chance.” He compared it to his work with Magic the Gathering, as he also sat on pitch for the game before Wizards of the Coast even contacted him about collaboration. “If I were gonna do a Soulsborne game, what would I do?” Sanderson mused.

“Maybe you guys will hear something from me. I have some ideas, I always have ideas. But that was really nice, I appreciate that.”

The Soulsborne collaborations continue

For Elden Ring, George R.R. Martin provided material to shape the world while Hidetaka Miyazaki directed the game. It would be very interesting to see what the collaborative minds of Brandon Sanderson and Bandai Namco could do with a future Soulsborne game, whether that be an Elden Ring sequel or not. Such a collaboration would be nothing short of spectacular.

Erin Vieira

Writer, artist, cosplayer, D&D player, Final Fantasy lover, and Bayonetta enthusiast Erin Vieira says that although they were born amongst mortals, someday they will exist as an unknown entity of the void. There will still be video games there, of course.
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