What a Better Game of Thrones Game Might Look Like

What a Better Game of Thrones Game Might Look Like  

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“We wanted to do our own world. That’s where we wanted to put out time into. Before we were even making Skyrim, there was a conversation with George R.R. Martin’s people,” studio head Todd Howard told EGM. “They thought it would be a good match – and so did we, actually – but then we thought about if that was where we wanted to spend our time. It was tempting, though.”Part of the issue was that it was an RTS, a type of game that doesn’t lend itself to the sort of political machinations and storytelling that make George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books so much fun. I even wrote a post titled What a Better Game of Thrones Game Might Look Like, where I opined that the closest thing we’d gotten to a Game of Thrones game was BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins.I am back to re-reading the books, although it slow going for me. While I will recommend the books every time, I have to admit there are parts that drag on. But you get that from many great works, so it is no big deal.How many pages are these books again? (Over 4,000 and counting.) And there’s no ending yet? (Well, no … ) And what’s it about? (So, about a thousand years before the first book starts, there were people living on this continent who worshipped … ) By trumpeting Game of Thrones’ uniqueness, aficionados may be doing it a bit of a marketing disservice: It seems like a lot of work to get invested. But though, yes, Game is sprawling, vast, contains hundreds of characters, and is a sort of realpolitik Lord of the Rings, it’s not that complicated. To prove it, we’ve put the plot in familiar terms (Dallas, Where the Wild Things Are, Cinderella, etc.) that should make it seem a bit more manageable. Anyhow, just to whet your Game of Thrones appetite more, I have something for you. Here are some really striking Game of Thrones minimalist posters of the houses that you encounter in the story – big or small, it does not matter. They all play a part in the saga that we have come to love. Note: This isn’t meant as a slight against Focus Home Interactive’s RTS A Game of Thrones: Genesis.We’re sure it’ll be a fine game, or at least better than Skyrim which — reminder — we hate now.I just got off the phone with Cyanide’s studio director Yves Bordeleau, and he confirmed that in addition to Genesis, Cyanide has been developing a Mass-Effect-style RPG for consoles and PC that tells a twisting narrative set alongside the events of the novel Game of Thrones.Game of Thrones mostly takes place on the continent of Westeros, which is divided into a number of sub-kingdoms. (It’s based on fifteenth-century England, but think a feudal EU that’s the size of South America.) Way up North, there is a freezing no-man’s-land (Where the Wild Things Are meets the Ice planet Hoth) populated by dangerous creatures divided from the rest of the country by a huge wall (like the proposed Mexican-American wall, if it worked and was meant to keep out monsters, not people).

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