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'Game Of Thrones' License To See Action RPG, MMO, Social Games
'Game Of Thrones' License To See Action RPG, MMO, Social Games
November 9, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

George R. R. Martin's "A Song Of Ice And Fire" books will be the inspiration behind an upcoming MMO from German publisher Bigpoint, an Action RPG title from Japanese publisher Atlus and a social networking game.

USA Today reports on the upcoming titles, though little is known about Bigpoint's MMO or the social game, which is described as "FarmVille comes to Westeros."

Atlus, however, has provided some details on its planned, Cyanide Studios-developed PS3 and Xbox 360 title, called "Game of Thrones," which will include an original story written under Martin's supervision that features two newly created characters.

The publisher promised the game will include fully explorable environments and characters drawn directly from the books, as well as a decision tree that "will have meaningful impact on [the fantasy world of] Westeros."

As far as gameplay, Atlus says its developing an "active slowdown tactical combat engine" that "mirrors the series' thoughtful approach to war and politics" by slowing down the action to let players make precise, high-pressure combat decisions quickly.

The newly announced title comes on top of Cyanide's recent strategy title Game of Thrones: Genesis, which takes place well before the events of the books.

A long time favorite of fantasy literature fans, the "Song of Ice and Fire" series has seen increased interest thanks to HBO's popular "Game of Thrones" TV adaptation, which premiered earlier this year.

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Bjoern Loesing
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As much as I love the lore of the series, reading "FarmVille comes to Westeros" makes me die a little bit inside.

Alan Rimkeit
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"FarmVille comes to Westeros."? I threw up a little. >:(

The Altus and Cyanide games pique my interest. I hope they are not crap. The series deserves some loving attention, like the HBO show gives.

E McNeill
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Fans were not terribly thrilled by the Cyanide RTS.

Apparently, the author was in talks with Bethesda to do an RPG, but they were too focused on Skyrim at the time. That's the real tragedy. It's a fantastic IP, just not for most of these types of games.

Matt Cratty
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Odds that the MMO will be exactly like WoW?

I'm going with 20:1.