A 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.
Cyanide 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.
For 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).
The 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.
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