Fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson (of Mistborn fame) really likes CD Projekt RED's dedication and prowess, and has expressed interest in handing off the Mistborn IP if the game dev should want to adapt it.
On the heels of the Witcher author Andrzej Sapowski's demanding more money from CD Projekt RED, well-respected and popular writer Brandon Sanderson contemplates giving the beloved developer free access to the Mistborn IP. What follows could be a wondrous new high fantasy series that taps the rich vein of Sanderson's work using the studio's incredible interactive storytelling.
"I'd love to do something with CDPR. They've made by far the best book-to-video game adaptations ever. It's the sort of thing the rest of us salivate over--if for the simple reason that the entire genre (books, film, and games) benefit from something high-quality on the market like the Witcher games," Sanderson said in a recent Reddit post surrounding CDPR's recent legal issues with Sapowski.
"I would seriously consider giving CD Project Red the rights to my books for free, because the overall cultural impact that a great story adaptation can have is enormous. Though...I suspect they're done dealing with self-important fantasy authors, and are likely more interested in creating their own new IPs."
The Polish games-maker is mostly known for producing sprawling experiences based on IP it doesn't own--The Witcher, Cyberpunk 2077--and another big-name fantasy license could be a huge boon for the company. At the same time, however, fantasy games are harder to market and the demographics are smaller than action-based shooters like Cyberpunk 2077, so a lot of work and effort would come into play here.
Remember the first two Witcher games didn't sell amazingly well when they released. Only after The Witcher 3 did the series explode, and that project took tremendous effort on CDPR's part.
Nevertheless I'd be quite excited if this happened. Sanderson is undoubtedly one of the best writers on the planet (his Stormlight Archive saga is amazing) and CD Projekt RED is one of the best game devs in existence today. The two could be a match made in heaven if, of course, CDPR is willing to jump headlong into another fantasy series.
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