Game of Throne fans will soon have upwards of three new ways to play
George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book epic. According to
reports, the series is currently being adapted into an RPG for
consoles, a free-to-play MMO for browsers, and a social networking game for
release in 2012.
Studio, developers of the recently released Game of Thrones: Genesis
strategy title for the PC, will be healming the role-playing project.
Martin himself is said to be hands-on with the game, which will tell
a new chapter in Westeros's history and star, amongst others, a Red
priest and a member of the Night's Watch. The unnamed project will be
published for PS3, Xbox and PC care of Atlus.
Thronites (Throneese? Throneheads?) who prefer to play their videogames with friends, Bigpoint
Games, maker of Battlestar Galactica Online, is developing a
no-charge browser-based MMO based on the Game of Thrones world. Before anyone gets too upset about the browser-based-ness of this MMO they should look at some videos of Battlestar Galactica Online – Bigpoint can make browsers sing. The third game will let players kill for the Iron Throne in a social
networking game, however no developer or platform has yet been
attached to this particular title (though it certainly sounds like it will be tied to Facebook).
Song of Ice and Fire series has had a devout following for years, but
it's fair to say the Game of Thrones HBO show has helped it achieve
mainstream popularity. Reflecting on the pressure this has put on him
to wrap up the book series, Martin told USA Today, “[I'm] facing
many more years of writing. Hopefully I can stay ahead of the HBO
series... That creates a certain amount of pressure, having a freight
train coming up behind me. Right now it's way back, but it's moving
faster than I am."
There's no release date given for any of the games, but there is one for the second season of the HBO show: Game
of Thrones season 2 begins April 2012, so get ready. Winter, we've heard, is coming.