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GRRM’s ‘A Game of Thrones: Genesis’

July 21, 2010

Last May the internet and I stumbled upon news that Cyanide Studios would develop a game based on GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and in the year that followed that single post has easily been one of the most popular here at the blog. And while I’m grateful for that, hopefully it means that (a) more than a few of you are excited about the possibility of playing in the Game of Thrones sandbox and (b) that Cyanide Studios will put as much care and effort into the game that they can muster knowing the multitude of devotees this series has that are hoping for something great.

Thanks to the press release that follows we find out that A Game of Thrones: Genesis will be a strategy title with multiple paths to take and ways in which to play, so I’ll be interested to see how the idea translates to the actual game play in the months to come. It’s an interesting approach to the series, and one that seems rather appropriate I’ll admit, and if the concept art is any indication you’ll want to at least keep an eye on this one.

From Cyanide Studios:

A Game of Thrones: Genesis” plunges you into the heart of the battles and intrigues between the Families that shaped the Kingdom of Westeros.

However, victory does not necessarily result from brute force. The innovative game mechanics provide players with numerous paths to success: will you opt for a military, economic or diplomatic approach? Trickery, treachery and deceit are widespread and you will constantly have to watch your back if you want to avoid a bitter defeat!

Peacefully or forcefully annex surrounding territories, besiege enemy castles, send spies to infiltrate behind enemy lines, assassinate trouble-making officers or capture them to ask for a ransom… When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground!

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