Turns Out Winter Really Is Coming
With the RTS title A Game Of Thrones: Genesis only being out a few days, developers Cyanide have confirmed in a telephone interview that they have also been working on a Game Of Thrones RPG title alongside their recent release for the last few years.
Talking to Kotaku a few days ago, Cyanide’s Studio Director Yves Bordeleau confirmed the existence of the RPG, along with many other details about the project. The story-driven title will take place during the events of the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series of book, and that a deal has been struck with HBO, the studio responsible for the hit television series, to use their assets seen during its first season. It was confirmed that players will not control established characters from the franchise (so no Tyrion mini-games involving witty retorts, sadly) but encounters with them were on the cards, including the possibility of getting the actors from the show for voice acting duties.
Players will have control over two characters throughout the game, with the action going back and forth between them much like the narratives in George R.R. Martin’s novels. The gameplay has been likened to the first Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic, featuring what Bordeleau described as an “active pause system” for the combat, which will reportedly slow down time to give orders or react to action happening in front of them. There was also mention of similarities to Planescape: Torment in regards to the art design and storytelling.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the report is that, because the game has been in development for as long as the RTS title, Cyanide are targeting for a release of early 2012. We certainly hope that is the case, as we’re big fans of George R.R. Martin’s work here at Dealspwn.
That’s all for now. We’ll be sure to update you with any further information as soon as we hear about it. [Kotaku]