The guy who wrote those Star Wars: X-Wing books is writing an official Dark Souls novel, for some reason

Watching sand fall through your hand in Dark Souls 3
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For all that Elden Ring is now FromSoftware's biggest seller, the Dark Souls series is still the one that put them on the gaming map, and definitely has millions of fans. Well, here's one for those who really liked the Dark Souls comics, or who are generally connoisseurs of tie-in novels, because Dark Souls is getting one.

Normally that'd be guff, grist for the fandom mill, but the upcoming Dark Souls: Masque of Vindication is written by none other than Michael A. Stackpole, perhaps best known for his widely-published 1990s Star Wars novels I, Jedi and the popular Rogue Squadron series. He's also written several comics.

Getting started writing tie-ins in the late 1980s with BattleTech, Stackpole is definitely a name you've heard if you're at all interested in this kind of thing. According to his Twitter, he's been at work on the Dark Souls novel since at least 2019, but clearly none of us noticed.

American publisher Yen Press and Japanese publisher Kadokawa are teaming up for this release, with Yen releasing the English edition and Kadokawa the Japanese. Dark Souls: Masque of Vindication will release simultaneously in both languages on October 25, 2022.

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Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.