Random House will do more than just authorize a book based on the game.
…the publisher will license the universe and let authors, game developers, or even comic book writers express the IP in different formats.Random House will, of course, still be directly involved in book deals for video games. Brad Wardell, Stardock CEO and developer of Elemental: War of Magic, didn’t automatically get approval to write a novel based on his game.
Wardell had to submit sample chapters to earn the right to write a novel set in his own universe. After approving his submission, the newly-formed transmedia IP branch worked directly with him to edit the manuscript and cross-check it against the video game's writing so that both properties were consistent in style, tone, and qualityHis novel will be out this August.
How many of you are game players or even game designers, artists or programmers? Would you feel qualified to write a book based on a game you worked on or played?