Game of Thrones ascending Sept. 29

Cyanide's RTS interpretation of George R.R. Martin-created fantasy universe arriving at retail, online this month.

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George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire franchise has become a huge hit for HBO with the first season of its live-action adaptation. Whether the same can be said for the dark fantasy series' game adaptation will soon be known, as Cyanide announced today that the PC real-time strategy game A Game of Thrones: Genesis will be available at retail and digital stores on September 29.

Winter is here?

A Game of Thrones: Genesis chronicles more than 1,000 years, charting the rise and fall of the royal families that make up the Kingdom of Westeros. Scenarios that players engage in include Aegon the Conqueror's invasion of the continent, the establishment of Nymeria in Dorne, and the rise of the Others beyond The Wall.

Players will have a number of options to emerge victorious. Beyond the obvious military conquest, the game accommodates economic warfare as well as intrigue-laden diplomatic gambits. A Game of Thrones: Genesis also features an eight-person multiplayer mode.

A Song of Ice and Fire tells an intricate, epic fantasy story of the royal families of Westeros, who face uncertain times due to the unexpected reemergence of a number of ancient races. Beyond the HBO TV series, the franchise has previously been spun off into a card and board game.

In addition to confirming the game's release date, Cyanide said A Game of Thrones: Genesis will be available at retail in a Collector's Edition SKU. The up-sell box includes special packaging, as well as a map of Westeros and two pieces of artwork from the game. Pricing information was not revealed.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

44 comments
Rat_King
Rat_King

Agree with the consensus. And like legba11 said, there has been almost no hype and only one news story. It's pretty much already official.

legba11
legba11

Since there has been NO hype for this game, I am assuming this was a generic fantasy RTS who bought the GOT liscence at the last minute and slapped a Westeros skin on their product. Odds of this game being any good are very low.

shkar
shkar

THE first season was EPIC ..........

GeneralShowzer
GeneralShowzer

Can't wait for this. I've read up on the game and it all sounds terrific.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Teh books are terrific...the TV serries was very well done considering...this however...I have my doubts on.

joeborg14
joeborg14

Ride the wave, Cyanide!! This will probably be terrible. Regardless of how much respect I have/had for the series, I think it has gone downhill since its over-popularization.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

this could be good (i watched a episode and what i saw was pretty damn interesting)

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

Now while I will wait to see if the game is good to purchase, what I find interesting is that we are not exactly experiencing the events in the books per se. For those that are familiar with the books, the events that are covered in the game will be the first depictions of those events that we will see. Aegon conquering Westeros is a crucial event in the history of that continent, so seeing it portrayed in one way or the other is pretty awesome. So is the rise of the Others(Whitewalkers for those that watch only the tv series), so yes seeing those events depicted for the first time is quite cool. Now lets see if the execution is good, but I am a little skeptical.

Zerabp
Zerabp

Love the books, this will not do them justice.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@DAMSOG If I had the choice to play as a Lannister I personally would not mind doing so. Sure I hate Cersei, but I am a Tyrion fan, and I donot mind Jaime so much anymore.Now for the RTS if done right sure every houses would have their advantages. The Starks would have a few wolves, and they would be tougher soldiers, but lets not forget if you play Lannister, you would be extremely rich. They are the wealthiest house in Westeros, and that should count for something on the battlefield.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@HollowNinja The fourth book was some what weak, the fifth book made up for it. If you actually paid attention the playing field was completely changed. Your probably one of those many people who went on amazon and complained about the cliffhangers and how nothing supposedly happening, but in actuality there were several crucial moments and reveals in the books. Not everything has to be a big battle, more subtle moments can be devastating as well.

sonicare
sonicare

Cyanide Games? Have they made anything of note? I suspect this bodes very poorly.

akhorahill
akhorahill

RTS ? I wonder what could your units be... 1. sex slaves; 2. Corrupted midgets; 3. Soon to be butchered animals; 4. Incestuous brothers; 5. Short sighted suicidal paladins....

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

I can't rightly see it NOT being flushed down the toilet.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

I'm trying to imagine this not being f'd up but I just can't see it. Would be interesting if they could do it, kind of like Civilization set in the GoT universe.

photis666
photis666

Should be interesting, although the lack of information for this game makes me a bit skeptical. They have done almost nothing to promote this game, which is a bit strange. Only time will tell...

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

I believe an RPG would be much better suited to Game of Thrones...Either way GoT is awesome

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Love the show. Don't understand why it will be a RTS. I would think a RPG would be more appropriate. Oh well sounds interesting still

otanikun
otanikun

Teacher I have a question, why?

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

huh. Would have thought an rpg to be more appropriate, but w/e. love the books.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Dude I hated that book, that's why I never read more George Martin. Why can't they make a real RTS to care about?

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Dude I hated that book, that's why I never read more George Martin. Why can't they make a real RTS to care about?

areszues92
areszues92

If they make it like the LoTR rts games, this will be awesome. A RPG will be even nicer.

CrazyFool319
CrazyFool319

If you hate GoT and RTS why the hell are you commenting on the story? Why are you even reading it. I know everyone has their own opinions, but do you just like to see your post count raise or something?

jaifrecap
jaifrecap

Hate Game of Thrones. Hate RTS.

Xeogua
Xeogua

I really hope my lap top can run this. Best series of books ever.

Peppytron
Peppytron

Haven't seen anything about this game yet. Like Spahettificator said, hope they can incorporate the backstabbing and politics from the books. That's what Song of Ice and Fire is all about.

Merex760
Merex760

I know this is Gamespot, but I immediately thought Blu-ray. I shouldn't be disappointed, but I am.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

The first three books are great, but the most recent two have actually been disappointments.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Great Show that I look forward to next season. Not so much looking forward to this game though.

alzeer1
alzeer1

best fantasy novel tv show ever

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

Could be great if they manage to incorporate all the scheming and backstabbing that goes on in the books. Not too hopeful as it has a lot to live up to but I'll keep an eye on it in case it surprises me.

ducusss
ducusss

@AntiH3ro97 I think it's set before long before the books, so probably not.

KontaktII
KontaktII

Don't worry Antihero, I have the odd feeling the game won't be worth the purchase. We'll see though won't we.

AntiH3ro97
AntiH3ro97

Im wondering if this game will spoil the books, since I'm only on around page 200 of the first one and I really wouldn't appreciate ruining the story

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

It would make a smashing RPG but with Skyrim a scant few months away who would try to compete? If it's a RTS surely no-one would play as the Lannisters? Everyone would want to be a Stark with a big wolf at your side.

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

I love the series, and i hope they make this a good game. For the King of the North!!!! ;)