Posts Tagged ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

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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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George R. R. Martin & Cyanide Announce ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Video Game

May 12, 2009

Stark_1French 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.