The conniving Queen Cersei, Varys the Spider and the wizened Jeor Mormont are just a few of the recognizable figures set to star in the forthcoming Game of Thrones RPG, according to fresh details and screenshots from its European publisher, Focus Home Interactive. Currently in development by Cyanide Studio, maker of this year's A Game of Thrones: Genesis for PC, the title is being billed as a full-grown RPG that will offer fans of the George R.R. Martin books upwards of 30+ hours of adventure in the contested lands of Westeros.
The game will star two original characters: Mors, a Night's Watch brother; and Alester, an exiled Red Priest. Set amidst the events in the 'A Song of Fire and Ice' books, players will guide said heroes through various conflicts in Westeros following the passing of King Robert Baratheon's Hand. The journey will take players to familiar locales such as Baratheon's headquarters at King's Landing and the Wall, which will be populated by recognizable characters and scenery inspired by Martin's words and HBO's Game of Thrones series.
Turning to gameplay, Focus Home Interactive explained players will be given the opportunity to choose between various character classes, all of which will be able to slow down time during encounters and approach the battle in their own unique ways. Speaking to the game's mix of brains and brawn, the company added: “In Game of Thrones, political skills can be as lethal as a sharpen sword, so never underestimate the power of a silver tongue to solve a critical situation.”
As Game of Thrones devotees can attest, the citizens of Westeros certainly do a lot talking. It will be interesting to see if Cyanide actually mixes an element of speechcraft into its RPG, or if this just means the characters will be shouting long-winded speeches while they bludgeon themselves to death.
Game of Thrones is being developed for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It is being published in 2012 by Focus Home Interactive for the UK, and Atlus for North America. Catch a glimpse of the George R.R. Martin in RPG form with the new screenshots below: