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Atlus Wants You To Play A Game Of Thrones

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Winter is coming! Well, it arrived back in September if you're a strategy fan and have a PC. But now Atlus has announced that it will be publishing Cyanide Studio's action RPG based on Game Of Thrones for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC for early 2012.

The game will feature an original story written under the supervision of series author George R.R. Martin, and will allow you to explore familiar locations and interact with popular (and not-so-popular) characters. And because they're using the license of the television series, actors likenesses will be used.

They're promising 30+ hours of action RPG uh... action. You'll play one of two original characters with different motives who are both former soldiers of Robert's Rebellion. You'll forge your own alliances and wage your own battles as you participate in the titular game of thrones as everyone vies for power over the Seven Kingdoms.

"The Game of Thrones television series and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series it is based on represent some of the most captivating, original medieval fantasy and drama ever created," commented Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of Index Digital Media, Inc. "Its amalgam of bitterly antagonistic rival houses, deeply nuanced characters, intricate political machinations, and breathtaking fantasy--all set within a richly storied world--offers unparalleled realism and raw emotion. We are honored to work with HBO, Cyanide Studios, and the great George R. R. Martin in bringing an exciting action RPG set in this beloved fantasy universe to fans and gamers in early 2012."

I'm intrigued to see what they can do with the story as it weaves it's own tale moving in and out of scenes that are familiar to readers/viewers. It'll certainly be more interesting than simply playing through the book/TV series. We'll see about what they're calling "an innovative 'active slowdown tactical combat engine'" which is just a fancy way of saying that the fighting slows down to help you make decisions, but doesn't stop entirely to become turn-based. I'm just more interested in this game because I'm not a big strategy RPG fan. This one will be more up my alley.

Atlus also tossed in a few screenshots to give you a taste of the visuals, and The Wall already looks suitably imposing. Hey, as long as there's some kind of Joffrey-slapping mini-game, I'm in!

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4 Comments

Rosa said:

Aaaaah, Kit Harington, you are so lovely.

Limeade said:

I am rather underwhelmed by it, actually. There is an opportunity here to give a larger window of representation, and examination of sexism and racism inherent within the setting (and touch upon the greater inequalities in our world even). Yet... we're given dude soldiers. If those screens are of the characters we will switch between, then it is standard quo white male dude soldiers to boot (and I daresay they'll be hetero, too ). Meaning that not only do they have privilege inside the setting, but they have privilege outside of the game as well.

For all their earlier interviews pressing upon how the characters will show such diverse aspects of the setting, I can't help but be dubious about that and think this'll turn out to be more ( straight) white male heroic fantasy. In a predominantly white society where Other races ( Dorthraki) are 'savages' and women have little rights, agency, and opportunities. Don't we have enough of these settings in our games? And isn't it time we look for settings that are more inclusive with diversity and positive in portrayals rather than exclusive and negative?

Not a specific gripe against Fire and Ice, just a questioning and irritation over the same-y fantasy worlds and heroic fantasy POVs.

Briker Ed said:

For a game that's trying to cash in on the HBO series success, I'd say, don't expect anything too revolutionary or deep. I'd love to be wrong, though.

Golden Silver said:

A Game of A Game of Thrones?

What would they call the sequel?

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