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!