George R. R. Martin & Cyanide Announce ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Video GameMay 12, 2009
French game developer Cyanide announced today that it has landed exclusive rights to, and has begun development on a video game series based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series for the PC and next-gen consoles.
From the Press Release:
We are all huge fans of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, so it is a true honour for our teams to be entrusted with creating the first video games inspired by this masterpiece stated Patrick Pligersdorffer, Managing Director of Cyanide. The twists and turns of the plot will allow us to deliver an experience which can be enjoyed by both long-time fans as well as gamers new to the series.
Published most notably by Bantam Books in North America and Voyager Books in the United Kingdom, the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels have been translated into more than twenty languages (including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian) and have been nominated for numerous prizes. Set in a world where nothing is simply black and white, the rich web of characters makes it an ideal background for numerous genres of video games.
A Song of Ice and Fire’ has already been adapted into a card game and a board game. More recently, HBO acquired the rights with the intent of turning the novels into a television series.
Outside of the fact that Cyanide consists of several former Ubisoft employees that have worked on a variety of sports and entertainment games I’m afraid I know little about the company, but they’ve got a huge property on their hands and a heck of a lot of expectations to fill given the immense popularity of A Song of Ice and Fire, so I wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing the pixelated results of their collaboration with Martin in the months to come. Here’s hoping they’re up to the challenge.