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Dhruin November 10th, 2011 02:24

A Game of Thrones - Atlus to Publish in "Early 2012"
Atlus has announced they will publish Cyanide's Game of Thrones RPG, which seems to be titled simply "A Game of Thrones". According to the press release (thanks Blue's), the game is due "early 2012", which is an interesting contrast against the information a few months back at GameBanshee where project manager Thomas Veauclin said the game was in "early development". The press release:

In this 30-plus hour action RPG, players will enter the gritty and medieval fantasy world of Westeros. As one of two original characters with disparate motivations, both former soldiers of Robert's Rebellion, players will forge alliances and wage battles as they play a pivotal role in the ongoing war for power of the Seven Kingdoms. Their journey will span numerous quests, during which they will interact with many characters and make key decisions that impact the realm.
Standing before the majesty and bitter isolation of the Wall or walking through the streets and alleys of King's Landing, players will not simply pass by locations and characters integral to the series; they will explore and interact with them, meeting and learning about the people and history that defines them and their importance. Key decisions and major events will have meaningful impact on Westeros, allowing the player to witness how the game world evolves over time based on their actions or inactions. Moreover, "Game of Thrones" introduces an innovative "active slowdown tactical combat engine" in which combat mirrors the series' thoughtful approach to war and politics: fighting slows but never stops entirely, forcing the player to make quick, pressured choices before their enemy strikes again.

"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."

"This is a wonderful way for fans to engage with the brand in an exciting and interactive way," stated James Costos, VP of HBO Global Licensing. "ATLUS and Cyanide are leaders in developing world class games with broad accessibility so the partnership was an ideal fit for us."

"Game of Thrones" is currently scheduled to release in early 2012 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. For more information, visit http://gameofthrones-thegame.com. Expect frequent news updates, content additions, and more between now and the game's release!
The site is currently just a teaser image and although you can preorder, there are no screens or media I can see.
Frozen Fireball points out this article at Eurogamer that reveals that a social game and a Bigpoint (browser?) MMO are also in development.
More information.

skavenhorde November 10th, 2011 02:24

Early 2012? Well that's vague, but still good news. I'd like to give this one a whirl when it comes out, but will probably wait for the reviews.

Firestorm November 10th, 2011 02:34

Sounds like an other one of those hack'n'slash games that try to ride on a popular series/movie by copying the story, while being rushed out while the series/movie is still a hot topic.

Don't get me wrong I hope its good, but I won't hold my breath for it.

SonOfCapiz November 10th, 2011 06:07

a few months back "in early development" and now an "early 2012" release? I'm not getting my hopes up

guenthar November 10th, 2011 07:33

This isn't supposed to be a hack & slash game since the devs already said it is a real time /w slow down tactical game. It could have changed but there hasn't been anything to say otherwise. I'm wondering how this is going to turn out since they showed gameplay footage when it was supposed to be in early development and now it is getting close to release.

Andhaira November 10th, 2011 09:14

Hope it's good.

Sir_Brennus November 10th, 2011 22:26

This game is #1 in my most wanted list. I love the source material and have high respect for Cyanide as a very competend team.

Atlus is my favourite console publisher, but alas won't be serving as one in europe.

Scrav November 11th, 2011 09:53

Atlus is probably many core JRPG players favourite publisher. They aren't afraid to experiment outside that boundary either and have also produced some amazing WRPG style games as well, such as Wizardry Tales of the Forsaken City.

I'm not saying I'm convinced it will be a good game that will appeal to WRPG players, just that it is a possibility.

Sir_Brennus November 12th, 2011 20:08

Gamestar has some screenies


Looks very Dragon Age Origins like to me.

Kostas November 12th, 2011 20:52

That looks fantastic.

A proper Game of Thrones cRPG would be second on my wishlist just after a Gothic 4, hell I'd settle with something lighter and action-orientated as long as it had enough content and did the lore justice.

vurt November 12th, 2011 22:00

"Early 2012", cool, they spent what, 2 years on this game? yeah i bet it will be really, really good.. call me an optimist! ;)

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