What do you get when you combine one of the top fantasy writers and one of the leading computer game designers? Project Mercury!
If you enjoy fantasy novels, chances are you know about R.A. Salvatore. He is a New York Times best-selling author and the masterful creator behind Drizzt, the Drow of the Icewind Dale trilogy and the Dark Elf Series. He has also worked with George Lucas and written Star Wars novels. He is an awesome writer. In fact I have read 4 of his novels in the last three weeks. You cannot put them down.
If you enjoy fantasy games, you have probably played Elder Scrolls Morrowwind and Oblivion. Ken Rolston was the lead designer behind both games. Oblivion is one of my favorite single player games. The freedom offered in the world to do almost anything you want is amazing. You can follow the main plot, run the thieves, fighters or mages guild or do all, or none of the above. Also, by adding a few mods; its replayablility is almost endless.
Salvatore and Rolston now work for 38 Studios and have signed an agreement with EA to create a RPG called “Project Mercury” and a MMO called Copernicus. According to their website:
Project Mercury begins an epic journey into a vast universe created by renowned fantasy author R. A. Salvatore and crafted under the artistic vision of Todd McFarlane. The RPG is being developed by Big Huge Games, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 38 Studios, under the creative leadership of Ken Rolston, lead designer of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Project Mercury sets the stage for limitless adventures in a master-crafted world, which will include the company’s upcoming MMO, Copernicus.
If you are a gamer, this is huge news and definitely something to keep an eye on.