Fantasy author R.A. Salvatore is best known for creating Drizzt Do'Urden, the star of a series of books set in the Forgotten Realms setting of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. He is, however, a longtime gamer -- both pen and paper and MMO. In 2008, baseball player Curt Schilling, an avid MMO fan and lover of Salvatore's books, recruited him to help found a company.
Now, Salvatore is one of the key creative figures at 38 Studios. Along with EverQuest and Elder Scrolls veterans, Salvatore is working on an MMO code-named Copernicus that promises to deliver an ambitious and densely realized fantasy world.
And now that 38 Studios has acquired Big Huge Games, the Copernicus setting will also be home to a single-player game code-named Mercury, to be helmed by Elder Scrolls designer Ken Rolston.
Gamasutra recently sat down with Salvatore to find out what goes into the creation of believable, emotionally resonant fantasy worlds.