Brandon Sanderson has already dipped his toe into the murky waters of video games, creating the novelisation of Infinity Blade late last year. Now Sanderson is looking at things from the other side of the fence, with Little Orbit working on an RPG based on his best-selling epic fantasy series, Mistborn.
As an avid gamer, I’m extremely excited by this opportunity. The chance to write the story for a Mistborn game while working with a team of talented developers is, quite literally, living a dream.
Mistborn: Birthright, as the new game has been named, is set – like the books – in a dark world, dominated by the cruel and seemingly immortal Lord Ruler. The world, full of ash and mist, is also home to a group of people familiar with the art of Allomancy, a powerful rule-based magic system which enables them to ingest and “burn” flakes of metal in order to enhance their mental and physical abilities. Those able to burn a single metal are known as Mistings, while those who can burn all metals are the Mistborn.
Rather than taking a story from any one Mistborn novel, Mistborn: Birthright will feature an all-new storyline, set hundreds of years before the first book. Gamers play as Fendin “Fiddle” Fathvell, a young nobleman who is coming to grips with his newfound Allomantic abilities… and he’d better be quick, his entire family is in peril.
Matthew Scott, CEO of developer Little Orbit explains:
I’m a huge fan of the series, and I cannot wait to get this into the hands of gamers. Between the distinctive magic system, the story twists Brandon has planned for the game, and the rich depth of character skills, we’re creating something very unique for players to enjoy.
As well as Mistborn, Infinity Blade: Awakening and writing for Infinity Blade II, Sanderson has also written the Stormlight novels and was chosen to finish the final novel in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga.
Mistborn: Birthright is headed to PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac, anticipated in late 2013.