The developer team FromSoftware has announced its collaboration with writer and author Michael Stackpole to write a new story in the famous world of Dark Souls called Dark Souls: Masque of Vindication.
Michael Stackpole, author of the Star Wars: X-Wing novels, is working on the new story now and slated to release in October 2022, bringing readers back to the original Dark Souls game world with a new vision unlike any before.
The events will focus on a main character who is an unknown wizard who wakes up in his prison cell, surrounded by death and absorbing flashes of life from the corpses around him to regain a sense of himself. The official description says:
Desert nights extend beyond the graves, and the starry sky tells the magician that a long time has passed since his death. He calls himself Veranus after a meaningless word is found engraved outside his grave. Armed with the dagger of a failed tomb robber, he embarks on an epic adventure led by fate. .
This is the first time FromSoftware has requested a new narrative for any of its titles outside of video games, and there is certainly plenty of room to not only tell rich and varied stories, but to experiment with different narrative styles beyond what the studio used to offer.
Although he may be best known to some for his work on Star Wars novels, Stackpole has a wide range of books to his name, including the Battletech series and the Crown Colony fantasy series, and is currently working on World of Warcraft and Gears stories.