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Mistborn announced: new RPG from Wheel of Time writer for Xbox 360

Fantasy novel becomes role-player with "unique combat system"

New role-playing franchise, coming through! California-based Little Orbit has announced that it's developing a console and PC adaptation of Infinity Blade 2 writer Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn fantasy novels.

Titled Mistborn: Birthright, the game's out in autumn/winter 2013, and takes place in a world run by "a dark world of ash, mist, and gothic fantasy creatures, dominated by a seemingly immortal villain known as the Lord Ruler" - a tyrant so dastardly his name is synonymous with his title. OK then.

Crucial to proceedings is a "powerful rule-based magic system known as Allomancy" by way of which characters can "temporarily enhance their physical and mental abilities by ingesting and "burning" flakes of metal." If you can only stomach a single metal you're a "Misting". If you can stomach and process all metals you're a "Mistborn".

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I've accidentally swallowed several kinds of tin foil in my life, and I'm currently taking iron supplements. Am I a Mistborn? I'd like to be a Mistborn.

"The upcoming RPG video game will feature an original storyline created by Sanderson, set several hundreds of years before the first Mistborn novel, and will focus on a unique combat system that puts Allomancy into the hands of gamers," continues the release. "Players will suit up as Fendin "Fiddle" Fathvell, an arrogant young nobleman who must quickly master his newfound Allomantic abilities before forces at work can destroy his entire family."

To recap: doughty Fiddle must eat metal to beat Lord Ruler. Well, it's certainly quirky. Here's some key art. Sanderson's also co-writer of the Wheel of Time series, by the way. Check out the official site for more.

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