Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning did well overall among critics, despite the number of gamers who expected it to be a RPG with similar depth and scale to Skyrim. More game developers are taking advantage of the imaginative power of authors (like New York Times bestseller Salvatore for Amalur) to create vast worlds and lore for video games.
A recent press release announced the latest addition of a fantasy author joining forces with a video game developer. Brandon Sanderson released his first novel in 2005, upon completing his Master’s in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. He has since wrote a number of fantasy novels and novellas, including the trilogy Mistborn. (A fourth stand-alone novel came after the completion of the trilogy to describe the events that took place 300 years after the final book in the series.)
The video game publisher Little Orbit grabbed ahold of the Mistborn saga and expects to release a PS3, Xbox 360, and computer game late next year based upon this fantasy series. In fact, Sanderson is writing a prequel to the Mistborn trilogy that will become a RPG set hundreds of years before the first book. Gamers will play as Fendin “Fiddle” Fathvell, “an arrogant young nobleman who must quickly master his newfound Allomantic abilities before forces at work can destroy his entire family.”
Sanderson states he is excited to work on the game and states it is like “living a dream” to work with game developers. He himself is an avid gamer, so he knows what it takes to fashion a thoroughly constructed RPG game. Plus, he is considered “one of the most popular new fantasy writers to emerge in the last ten years.”
KitGuru says: We will follow news of this new game closely, and we certainly hope to see more authors penning RPG’s in the future! Hopefully it’s a catching trend.