Action role-playing game based on fantasy epic gets a publisher, early 2012 release window.
The ongoing A Song of Ice and Fire series has been a favorite among fantasy buffs for more than a decade, and its popularity has exploded with the recent HBO Game of Thrones adaptation. A real-time strategy game based on the franchise from Cyanide Studios hit shelves in September, and now the same developer has a publisher for its in-development Game of Thrones action role-playing game.
Atlus announced today that it will be handling publishing duties for the Game of Thrones action RPG adaptation. The game will feature many familiar locations from the books, and likenesses of some of the actors from the HBO series.
The "30-plus hour" game puts players in the shoes of one of the two original characters with different motivations. As former members of Robert's Rebellion, players will have to battle through numerous quests as power over the Seven Kingdoms is contested.
On the gameplay front, the title will feature an "active slowdown tactical combat engine" that slows time and lets players make strategic battle decisions. Character interactions and player decisions are also said to have a big impact on the game's world.
In news that is likely to please fans, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is directly involved with the creation of the game's scenarios and story. Cyanide studio director Yves Bordeleau told USA Today, "All the situations and storyline were written under [Martin's] monitoring in order to fit with the story the fans have already read, and thus fulfill their expectations."
The Game of Thrones action RPG is set for an early 2012 release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
@TheTrueMagusX1 Can you go back under your bridge please? Some people get the difference between publishers and developpers, that should be enough to content you...
@jeffbordonaro Ahh I am on a high horse? Funny, you donot like it when people do that to you do they? Considering that your the one who said I never played a Persona game. And funny that you only mentioned games that I mentioned. Hmmm wonder if you know what Devil Summoner is? The Japanese saturn game, and not the Riadou games from the PS2. Oh no you donot? Funny you donot like assumptions made about your self, and you say people are on a high horse, but yet you do it to others. Do I see a double standard here?
@TheTrueMagusX1 @jeffbordonaro Actually im a troll. My bridge is being repaired so i thought i would just look around. Anyhows. From my perspective going through this forum (You just caught my eye for some reason)I can see other people stating their point of view and you actively stating it is wrong.That is taking a high horse. You seem old, And that being said you do realize you are trashing people on a forum here and taking things a little to far when it comes to gaming etc,
If i can say my 2 cents then i would say behave accordingly to your age.
Sure rage all you want and go on about this and that story producers what not about games noone knows about. It only serves to prove that you have a very extensive knowledge about games and gaming, If you push your knowledge on to people like you are doing you seem like a kid online.
Anyhows. Not trolling. to tired to, but just think about it for a minute. especially since youre launching a podcast webpage and what not.
@jeffbordonaro Funny, if I have not played the Persona games, than why is there a copy of Innocent Sin in my PSONE library? No not the recent port on the PSP my dear child, but a copy of the PSONE original I imported back in 1999. Well you do have a Catherine picture, that must be your first experience with Atlus games? Am I not correct? Speaking of atlus, I would hardly you to expect to know what Thousand Arms or what other games are.
man i hope they dont muck this up. im sure my expectations are too high considering im a huge series fan but as long as the game isnt absolutely terrible then i think i might enjoy it
@taylor888 Atlus did not create demon souls....... dunno where you got that from DS was created by Japanese dev's FROM Software. I am a massive ASOIAF fan but this game stinks of cheap cash in if the RTS is anything to go from this is a disaster
@supertom221 Really I am incorrect? Considering that I enjoyed Kartia, Super Robot Taisen and Super WIdget I would hardly call those bad games. You are just listing games to make your self correct. As for the karate Kid, sure Atlus developed it, but LJN published it though none the less. And also many of those games you listed are games most have never heard of. So using those games would allow you to manipulate peoples perceptions of them. Again, you are aother ignorant gamer, makning us real gamers look bad. Oh and if a Japanese company is like Activision, it sure is not Atlus, it would be Square Enix.
@TheTrueMagusX1 Hardly incorrect. Kartia. Super Dodge Ball Advance. Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation. Super Widget. The Karate Kid. Widget. Wacky Races. Some of them you won't even find here because of how bad and forgettable they are.
For those who have no faith in this game being good. Atlus is the company who created demon's souls isn't it? Seems like they know how to make an action rpg quite well.
@supertom221 Most of their games are SMT or trauma center games. And of course there are few none smt games they make like Radiant Historia, and Catherine, which I would hardly call crap. If you are referring to the games they publish, they donot make them they publish them. Your post is just filled with incorrect information. Wow...
@torbonator Your point of view is incorrect. And also you justifying the fact that people can mix up publisher and developer is quite silly. Gamers like you and them are the reason why the industry, and media donot take us seriously. You guys complain and donot even know what your complaining about.
supertom221, well the essence is to play the 'game of thrones' and one way to do this is through large scale combat. But at the same time it is very personal. The total war series doesnt cover the essence as it is only large scale. M&B offers large scale combat (enjoyed from a 1st and 3th person perspective) combined with the more personal options to enter cities, talk to Lords, challenge them to duels, marry their daughters, rescue their friends and family and through all of this force strategic alliances. Imagine being able to pick one of the houses, for example House Tully, and be able to not just lead their army but also go to the Iron Islands and marry a lady from their house and then command your army and their fleet to assault the Starks. This is how you play the game of thrones, not just through combat.
Wish they'd give it to a big name developer (I've never heard of Atlus feel free to correct me if they are) so that it'd get done right. LotR and SoIaF are the two series that could sell blockbuster RPGs if done right, looks like that's never going to happen for either.
@TheTrueMagusX1 Calm down I'm only saying my point of view, and I was talking about the media industry as a hole, publishers won't want a bad game under their name/brand so they will make a point on something they don't agree on. And just because your on the internet doesn't mean you can bite someone's head off, be a bit respectful.
@ronnet Good Idea, Never thought of it before. It is the Essence of GoT to lead armies to battle. Would be pretty epic if we could get to fight Rhaegar :P But I can understand why Bethesda refused. They already have one epic fantasy franchise going on, they don't need another one that will be tossed aside as a TES clone.
Cyanide?? The Studio that created Genesis, an extremely mediciore game that even the most hardcore fans of the "A Song of Fire and Ice" franchise found it difficult to love, published by ATLUS, the Japanese Mini-Activision, who aside from the Persona franchise and TO, made all but crappy games ? I don't know if to be happy or sad. I love Games of Thrones, and I love gaming, and when the two collide, it's epic. But when a studio who proved to be a failure in making decent games takes on this project, I can't help but feel sad. If only Bioware or Bethesda would do it...
@torbonator No, you have no idea what your talking about. Atlus for example will have no influence on the product. In fact considering that Cyanide is not a state side, atlus will simply bring the game. Ever play Demon Souls? Dark Souls? No, seems like you can tell the games are spiritual siblings you could say, and funny no influence from namco or atlus. No SMT characters, no Tekken, hmmm funny. And also other independent games get picked up by other publishers and they just publish it. Sorry but donot over complicate something. Why did you even bring SMT in the equation? Publishers rarely effect the game play, and again another in accurate comment. SMT is owned by Atlus, is developed by atlus, and thus published by Atlus. Donot correct me when you donot know what your talking about. Now go and do some research on gaming and than maybe we can talk.
Hopefully this isn't going down the same road as Lord of the Rings games. Huge fan of Lotr, but the games havn't been that good. hopefully it will go good for game of the thrones. pretty excited for this
not worth following. when the review comes out for this one, I probably won't even read it if the rating doesn't exceed 5.0....so yeah, I probably won't even be reading the review.
Nevermind, just googled Cyanide. Not the kind of company that should be making a game based on a universe of this scale IMO.
I am huge Atlus fan, so hopefully they can come through on this and it doesn't turn into the really crappy movie spin off games.
A game of thrones rpg is kinda awesome in concept, unless of course it's being made by cyanide who also developed the game of thrones genesis game. Which was abysmal btw. Still, I hope them success with the endeavor.
A quick search reveals that Cyanide are the creators of such masterpieces as Blood Bowl and Loki. That is not very promising...
Bethesda was once approached to do a GoT RPG. They refused, and perhaps for the better, but I would like to play an quality RPG set in the 7 Kingdoms, but I doubt this is it. Personally I think they should have made an official GoT RPG using Mount & Blade concept. Leading armies, talking with Lords and 'playing the game of thrones' would have been gameplay much more connected to what defines GoT then an action-RPG.
wepeel and Melchior111, you are both geniuses! Agreed, CA creating a Total War game and CD Projeck Red a RPG of Martin's fantastic fantasy epic can only be a good idea!
Game of Thrones/SoIaF should be made as a Total War game. Seems more or less perfect for the format, rather than RTS or action RPG.
@Joedgabe Atlus is the publisher, not the developer. Cyanide is the publisher. The best game they ever made is Blood Bowl. The second best is probably NFL Head Coach or the numerous iterations of Pro Cycling Manager........their most recent RTS, Game of Thrones: Genesis was pretty terrible.
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