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A Game of Thrones RTS Game Released, RPG On the Way 89

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Game development studio Cyanide launched their real-time strategy interpretation of George R. R. Martin's acclaimed fantasy series A Game of Thrones yesterday. You can see a trailer and a few screenshots if you're so inclined. Cyanide also confirmed one of their other offices is working on a completely different RPG based on the series as well. It's still a ways out, but they say it will be "Mass Effect-style," and will pick up at the start of the first book. "True to the style of Martin's books, it will tell the story of two different characters, switching back and forth between them as their tales move alongside the events of the first book (and occasionally intersect with one another). None of the characters from the book will be playable, though the game's protagonists will cross paths with plenty of familiar faces over the course of the game."
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A Game of Thrones RTS Game Released, RPG On the Way

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  • A book, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Game_of_Thrones [wikipedia.org]

    a HBO tv series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/ [imdb.com]

    and a game.. http://www.agot-genesis.com/ [agot-genesis.com]

    Book 5 recently came out (august I think), it's book 5 of 7, 2 are not written yet with agot being the 1st book.

    Just thought i'd recap a bit, I wish there was more than books for the other 4, as they do progress the story line quite nicely (I have yet to read 5 though).

    • Don't forget the replica coins, replica swords, board game, card game (and expansion packs), roleplaying game (2 versions), comic books, spinoff short stories, illustrated hardcover books, limited edition books, collectible calendars, and collectible toy figurines.

      GRRM is one capitalist SOB! Damn good author, damn good businessman.

      • There are two boardgames actually, and they both have expansions.
  • by Jellodyne (1876378) on Friday September 30, 2011 @04:52PM (#37572530)
    That doesn't seem like enough. What will you do when those two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly?
    • That was my thought. If it's true to the book at all that means the despite your best efforts, if you're the main character, you'll lose.

      • by Synerg1y (2169962)

        Losing and completing the game don't relate here I guess, main characters die in games all the time (FF7 nostalgia) . Still, I think the movie series was sufficient, the game is based off a concept called "milking the fad", even though book 1 is ancient news, book 5 is making waves. Seems to be the big trend with US media nowadays, to take the trend/fad and make....
        1. a movie
        2. a series
        3. a game(s)

        in any 2/3 combination of the above.

        Hollywood has killed SO MUCH :(

        And they wonder why pirates run rampant..

        • by ArsonSmith (13997) on Friday September 30, 2011 @07:06PM (#37573708) Journal

          If Game of Thrones HBO series is just "milking the fad" then milk it away and keep it coming. It was one of the best epic fantasy stories put to screen ever. As well as a very true to the book translation.

          • by Jaysyn (203771)

            Damn straight. I rarely watch any TV, but my girlfriend got me totally hooked on that one.

          • I wish I could mod you up.

            Fuck the snobs, it's a good story and a good series. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is fucking perfect. I haven't seen such a good casting job in a long, long time.

            • by Synerg1y (2169962)

              Shame I already posted or I would mod you as flamebait (hint mods). Please refer to (#37590502), thanks.

          • by Synerg1y (2169962)

            Not the series, the game... the series was great.

            the game is based off a concept called "milking the fad"

            I'm talking more about why they are making the game here. Try processing what you read in the future before replying, thanks.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Load from the quicksave?

    • That doesn't seem like enough. What will you do when those two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly?

      This happens all the time in video games, revert to a saved game. :-)

      Yes I get the reference to the books which are atypical in that the casualty rate of main characters is quite high.

    • by roc97007 (608802)

      > That doesn't seem like enough. What will you do when those two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly?

      Um, you cheer? Go outside, smell the flowers, talk to your children?

      If I buy the expansion pack, can I choose *which* two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly? That would go a long way towards keeping my interest in replays.

      Sorry, I didn't like the TV series.

  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Friday September 30, 2011 @05:04PM (#37572640)
    True to the style of Martin's books, it will tell the story of two different characters, switching back and forth between them, with short 6 year pauses in between. Basically when each cut-scene ends, you'll have to replay the game from the beginning so you can remember where you're at. Just like the books.
  • by stms (1132653) on Friday September 30, 2011 @05:09PM (#37572704)

    The other one looks better.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftnySHVnF0 [youtube.com]

    • by ynp7 (1786468)

      If that were a real game it'd only be the greatest thing ever. Though Jaime Lannister's Kingslayer attack seems to be missing. Maybe you learn it at a higher level, but you'd think he'd start the game with it.

    • That was the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life.
  • meaning, run, shoot shoot (without the adequacy of a fps), then talk talk (without sufficient interaction), run, shoot shoot, talk talk ?

    non-interactive interactive bastardized movie you mean.

    but maybe if they made it like 1, there can be at least some input from the player side in terms of gameplay.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 30, 2011 @05:11PM (#37572730)

    Screenshots have emerged, showing glowering men in armour and maps with recognisable landmarks on them, such as The Wall, which isn’t a prog rock album but an actual wall that’s covered with ice. I know that because I’ve read the first book. Now, just one week before release, there’s a trailer for the game.

    What the heck.

    When only a WEEK before the game's release, all you get is a no gameplay trailer, that usually is a good hint that this isn't that amazing of a game.

    I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones in the first place, but I can imagine that only superfans will get this and this is largely made to cash in on its HBO success.

  • by macshit (157376) <miles@ g n u.org> on Friday September 30, 2011 @05:16PM (#37572792) Homepage

    If it's going to really capture the essence of the books, it's going to have to have insane amounts of mutilation and absurdly gruesome and completely unfair death, to the point where it would not only completely piss off all the players, but be the target of mass protests.

    It would be amusing if they actually did that, but well... I'm bettin' it's going to be just another bog-standard vaguely medieval RPG with some locations slightly resembling those in the books and a bit of name-dropping here and there...

    • by rve (4436)

      To capture the feel of the books, it's not enough to just butcher little boys. You have to flay them, decapitate them, dip the heads in tar and display them on pikes.

      That, and zombies.

      • by ph0rk (118461)
        Nah, Reek let them go. Unless you mean the stable boys...
        • by rve (4436)

          Murdering little boys isn't so bad if they're low born. Those people are used to a bit of cruelty.

  • The writeup of the video linked to in the summary raises some good points. I have yet to see any in depth game play for this, or a review of the mechanics. It makes me wonder if the game itself will be any fun. I even have suspicions that the studio knows the game isn't that great and is hiding it from us, hoping that the franchise drives sales. I'd wait for some real buzz on this before dropping any time or money into it.

    • by Bieeanda (961632)
      Really. Game tie-ins are traditionally awful fare, only made worse when they're developed by an unknown coding house. When there's virtually no news released, save for a cinematic trailer, you can pretty much rest assured that it's going to be an absolute stinker.
  • I hope the game is better than the TV series. I tried to follow that for awhile but finally gave up in disgust. An R rated soap opera, the only connection to sword and sorcery being that the characters do medieval cosplay while they go on and on about nothing in particular. Every character is an absolute dick with the possible exception of Sean Bean's character and the younger daughter. The rest desperately need to die violently and it's frustrating to see them still breathing at the end of the episode.

    • There's nothing wrong with characters being dicks as long as they are entertaining dicks. You know, like Archer. And you're supposed to *want* to slap the shit out of Joffrey, so...

      I liked Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and think Tyrion is probably the most interesting (and complete) character in AGOT. Ned Stark and Arya Stark were good too, both in the book and on the screen. Gregor Clegane should have been CG'ed - the way he is described in the book is essentially impossible in a real human. Arya's 'dancing' in

      • by roc97007 (608802)

        ...I kept waiting for them to do something besides talk and have doggy sex... I mean, there's nothing wrong with either of those pastimes in moderation. I guess I didn't know what I was getting into. I was expecting, I dunno, Swords. And Sorcery. And strong characters. Not dressing up As the World Turns in cosplay and exposing an occasional breast to try to appeal to the husbands.

        I think this is a bad trend, first started in the Battlestar Galactica reboot. The idea that tension is achieved by a lot

        • by roc97007 (608802)

          That should have been, "minutia and endless repetition".

          • by roc97007 (608802)

            ...and it's almost excusable in BG's case, because the writers didn't have enough story for a four season show, and were essentially winging it at the end of the second season. And pulling it directly out of their arse by the beginning of the fourth. But Game of Thrones is from an actual series of books. You'd think... you know, never mind. Again, life is too short.

        • by artor3 (1344997)

          Well, I haven't watched the HBO interpretation, but there's not supposed to be sorcery for the early parts of the story. In the entire first book, sorcery is only used once, and that's very close to the end. A big part of the storyline is that when the dragons died, magic faded out of the world, and when the dragons return, so does the magic.

          There's not dearth of swordplay or strong, cunning characters in the books though, so if that isn't making it on to the screen, the writers are beyond incompetent. Y

          • by gmhowell (26755)

            He probably doesn't realize that political machinations are more universal, more entertaining, and a better test of writers, directors, and actors. I've read the first four books (waiting for paperback for number five) and the TV show did a great job of translating.

            • by roc97007 (608802)

              You know, it's not necessary to buy HBO just to be depressed. If I wanted to be depressed, I'd just stay at work.

    • by ph0rk (118461)
      Waaah! Everyone likes it and I don't! Listen to me!

      Damn Martin for making believable characters that I can't like because they're all assholes. How dare he insert that much realism into his characterization?!
    • by X3J11 (791922)

      I hope the game is better than the TV series. I tried to follow that for awhile but finally gave up in disgust. An R rated soap opera, the only connection to sword and sorcery being that the characters do medieval cosplay while they go on and on about nothing in particular. Every character is an absolute dick with the possible exception of Sean Bean's character and the younger daughter. The rest desperately need to die violently and it's frustrating to see them still breathing at the end of the episode.

      Life is too short for mediocre television, and it was that in spades. That doesn't mean A Song of Ice and Fire is bad, just that the implementation is General Hospital with leather jerkins and occasional nudity.

      Not that I'm opinionated or anything.

      Have you read the books? I'd guess not, since ASOIAF is not sword & sorcery. Yes there's a bit of magic in it, and it permeates the world, but it's thus far not been a big factor in the story. It's a story about people and all the horrific ways they die.

  • I usually play The Game of Thrones every morning before I take a shower.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    the games are being developed by cyanide studios, known for treating their customers like shit.
    this game in particular comes with a limited installation allowance and no way of getting more.
    other common practices of cyanide are to put their games on sale right before announcing new versions with no way of upgrading later.

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