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Little Orbit announced today that they'll be publishing a video game based on Brandon Sanderson' Mistborn novel series. The role-playing game will hit the PS3, Xbox 360, Mac, and PC next year.
Mistborn depicts a dark fantasy world where a god-like being known as the Lord Rule reigns over all. Certain people in this world can use Allomancy, a type of magic. Practicioners of Allomancy ingest flakes of metal in order to augment their physical or mental abilities. The term "Mistborn" refers to a person who is able to use all types of metal in these magic rituals.
The RPG, Mistborn: Birthright, takes place centuries before the first Mistborn novel. Players take on the role of Fendin “Fiddle” Fathvell, a young noble whose family is in grave danger. Fendin must develop his Allomantic abilities and use them to defend his kin.
The story was penned by Sanderson himself. This isn't the first game he's written. He also contributed to the story of mobile game Infinity Blade II.
"As an avid gamer, I'm extremely excited by this opportunity," said Sanderson. "The chance to write the story for a Mistborn game while working with a team of talented developers is, quite literally, living a dream."
A new website for the game provides a few examples of the magical powers players will wield. For example, ingesting iron will allow them to snatch small metal objects from afar. If this ability is used on a metal object that weighs more than they do, they'll be pulled toward that object instead.
"I’m a huge fan of the series, and I cannot wait to get this into the hands of gamers," said Matthew Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. "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."