Brandon Sanderson is probably not a name you’ve heard of unless you’re a bit of a fantasy geek like me.

However, you might have heard of the Wheel of Time series by Robert R. Jordan. After Jordan’s death, Sanderson was commissioned specifically by Jordan’s wife to finish up the series.

But what does this have to do with gaming?

Sanderson’s best-selling series — titled Mistborn — makes the all-important transition from book to video game. Publisher Little Orbit picked up the series and announced that it is producing the a game based on that setting, calling it Mistborn: Birthright.

At this time the details are scarce, but Sanderson explains in his blog, “In short, we’re hoping to do a fun, fast-paced, action game with some RPG elements, cool Allomancy effects, and some (hopefully) killer dialogue. That last part is my job, as I’ll be writing the story and most (if not all) of the game’s dialogue.”

Although Little Orbit is not a huge player in the realm of video games, I’m personally interested  because Sanderson is steering the writing in this game, which will be available for your PS3, Xbox, and PC.

Keep an eye right here for more information. There’s always another secret.

Larry writes for many different gaming news websites, including GameSkinny and Massively. You can catch him weekly on Gamebreaker's The Republic and read from his Star Wars fan site Hyperspace Beacon.
  • Andrew Day

    I would buy this just for the story since Brandon Sanderson is writing it.  RPG makes perfect sense for the world in the Mistborn series.  I don’t think an MMO would have worked, and certainly not RTS.

    However, I think that more people would be intrigued if the following question were answered better:

    What is the magic system?

    Allomancy – consumption of metals and/or their alloys to grant certain powers (there are many)

    There are different levels of ability that people can have with this system, and it is a 1 or all system.  That means that you can either use one type of metal and it’s respective power, or you can use all metals and all their powers.

    A “Misting” can only use one
    A “Mistborn” can use all.

    I could go into MUCH more detail, but I don’t want to spoil anything.  Like how Allomancy is not the only magic system in the Mistborn series.

    • JJGlyph

      Yep, this game better have some Terrismen!

    • Andrew Day

      Oh the possibilities!!!

  • JJGlyph

    Been following Sanderson since Elantris. I’ll give this game a shot bc it’s his storytelling.

  • Jeremy Keat

    It seems this is starting to become more popular in gaming/RPGs these days, where there finally is a clear merging of professional writing and game design, either the story telling elements are being better focused on now than in the past (and the method of telling it) or basing game design off of professionally written stories. Its great to see that now, perhaps more people can see the more well done art side of gaming other than graphical aspect and perhaps will be a respected and well known medium for engaging in great story telling, for both audience and producers. Its always a plus when story can be well developed in a game before production instead of an afterthought.