Focus claims Game of Thrones RPG
Focus Home Interactive has announced that it has bagged another game which is being developed that’s based on the Game of Thrones books and hit TV series.
The franchise, which has suddenly got hotter than an orc torturer’s poking stick since it was aired on Sky earlier this year, has had several computer games developed for it already.
Indeed Focus has already published one, A Game of Thrones: Genesis, a real-time strategy game with a diplomatic and spying slant. While it tried something fresh, the critics found it seriously lacking in terms of implementation.
Hopefully this second effort from Focus will be, well, more focused. This Game of Thrones outing won’t just be PC only either, but also out on the Xbox and PS3.
It’s a role-playing adventure developed with the Unreal 3 engine, and with a script apparently supervised by the man himself, George RR Martin.
Starring two characters – Mors, one of the unfortunates sent out to man the wall with the Night’s Watch, and Alester, a red priest in search of redemption – Game of Thrones will offer an estimated thirty hours of gameplay.
It’s set at the same time the TV series begins, just after the hand of the King (his right hand man that is, non-Thrones followers) has passed away in dodgy circumstances.
Expect to meet familiar characters who are modelled on the TV actors such as Queen Cersei, Varys the Spider and Jeor Mormont, commander of the Night’s Watch.
Cédric Lagarrigue, CEO of Focus Home Interactive, claims the game is “faithful to the unique ambiance found in George R.R. Martin’s novels.”
He adds: “The narration, the artistic direction, the pace of the game and its realization make it one of the most exciting role-playing games to come in 2012.”
Other than that, Focus hasn’t got a lot to say about the actual gameplay, save that there will be character classes, loot and epic battles. You don’t say – just in case you thought you’d be spending all your time in the castle sewing and writing letters.
The publisher did drop a couple of more interesting snippets of info, though, and the RPG will apparently involve diplomacy as did Genesis. Also, you’ll be able to slow down time in a battle, rather like bullet-time (or sword-time, even).
Quite how that’ll work, we’re not sure – hopefully it will be a useful mechanic rather than just a gimmick.
Game of Thrones will be out in early 2012.
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