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Game of Thrones RPG

Cyanide http://www.cyanide-studio.com/games/got/ has released their new Game of Thrones Role Playing Game today, on Xbox, PlayStation 3, and PC. I'm excited because this has been a long journey, from concept art and story outlines, to the demo I was shown a year ago, to what is now a complete game getting some positive notice http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/04/24/five-reasons-cyanides-game-of-thrones-rpg-actually-looks-pretty-awesome/

I admit, I haven't played a lot of the newer games, but I liked the look of the demo a lot. The armor is battered, the weapons are scarred, and the towns looked muddy and lived in.

Here's a short behind the scenes video detailing some of the process.

I got to approve a lot of concept art and story choices ahead of time, and I hope the players will feel like the final result fits in well with the story I've told in the books.


May. 18th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting these links - this game looks so totally awesome it makes me a little depressed that I am not able to play it. Due to an industrial accident I am unable to play games of this sort but I do plan on purchasing anyway to add to my ASoIaF collection. Even posting here is a bit of a struggle but worth being part of this community!! Thank goodness for audiobooks and Kindle versions.

Whisper to Mr. Martin - I know you are terribly busy and have many irons in the fire but any info on ASoIaF projects is much appreciated by your many fans.
Simone Tremblay
May. 15th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Not very smart of Cyanide to release this game on the same day as Diablo 3.... :(
Lawrence Lawson
May. 16th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Indeed. Poor marketing sense. I don't buy games often, and as much as I love AsoIaF, Blizzard got my money.
Dale S. Thomas
May. 16th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
What an amazing game, Im so glad I was one of the lucky few who got a closed beta version at goo.gl/5jHXe I really enjoyed playing this new version. I also own a Genesis copy, and I can tell you that you wont be disappointed with this new version if you are a fan of the first one as I am.
May. 16th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to play! Thanks for the update.
May. 16th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
I haven't played any games in years, but I'm interested in buying this one. However, when I go looking I find physical copies of the PS3 and Xbox versions for sale, but only downloads for the PC. My preference would be for PC, but I need a physical copy, does anyone know if there's a physical copy of the PC version to buy?

Any help/advice would be appreciated.
May. 21st, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
I preordered mine from shopto.net and that's the only shop I've found that sells physical copies of the games (although I only searched for European sites)
May. 21st, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'll look into their site. Thanks very much for the reply.
May. 16th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad to know you were involved with this as far as giving the thumbs up or thumbs down on certain things. But coming out against Diablo III is going to be tough. Hope this game doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
May. 16th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I can't wait to buy this game!
Mr. Martin,

Is the story in this game considered canon?

This game looks like a lot of fun.
May. 16th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
Re: I can't wait to buy this game!
Only the novels (and the Dunk & Egg novellas) are canon.

The videogames, the board games, the card games, the comic book, even the television shows... all great in their own right, I hope, but still secondary. The books are canon. Nothing else.
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Xan Hisam
May. 16th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Hodor. Hodor Hodor Hodor. Hodor??
Thank you for ruining it for me by not putting any spoiler tags!
May. 16th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Hodor. Hodor Hodor Hodor. Hodor??
Thanks for ruining it for me, too.
Christopher Jenkins
May. 16th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: I can't wait to buy this game!
Television showS?
May. 19th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: I can't wait to buy this game!
I loved the story of Mors Westford and Alaster Sarwyck, with Mors' being the superior one, in my honest opinion. Also, I read that you might be willing to make these characters canon, and I would like that very much, as I feel that the quality of the story is on pair with the novels. At no point during the game was I ever bored with the all the mystery, plotting, tormented pasts, twisted irony, redemption and retribution. I hope that you make at least a small mention of these characters in the future books.
May. 16th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
As ever, I'm always disappointed when there's no female character choice to play as, given that the female characters are pretty much the most interesting ones in the Westeros universe to me. I've had my fill with male leads at the moment (thanks to the batman games) so I'm going to have to pass on this one until then.
May. 16th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
The reviews I'm seeing so far seem to be saying, "great story, cool game mechanic ideas, terrible technical execution." But presumably most of those reviewers aren't intense Game of Thrones fans, so I'd like to hear from commenters here what they think of the game as a game before buying.
May. 24th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
I've been playing the game for a few hours this afternoon and I have to say this is very accurate.

I'm enjoying the story, dialogue, and the combat system. The art assets for the world, the characters, the weapons and armour are all great as well. Everything is as dark, gritty, and real as you would hope. Some of the environments are absolutely amazing.

However, from a technical standpoint the game seems to be very clunky and slow. Lots of loading screens, poor character control/movement while fighting, interaction with the world is not that responsive.

As a fan of the books I'm more than willing to put up with the technical issues. As you play you will notice it has the makings of a great game but it is held back by the execution.
May. 16th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
Question for players who have the game: how does it stack up to Skyrim and Dragon Age (Origins, not the horrendous, rushed sequel)?
May. 16th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
I think you will definitely enjoy first three hours of gaming. Then it drops down dramatically. Just my $0.5
Kira Apple
May. 17th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
It's incredibly story-heavy. The combat is almost incidental. It's almost nothing like Skyrim at all. :) There's almost no freedom of movement and it's a very linear storyline, although within the storyline obviously there are a lot of different choices to make that effect the outcome. It's more like Mass Effect, with the conversation trees and all the different response choices.

May. 18th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, this RPG by Cyanide does not even come close to comparing to the awesomeness that is Skyrim or Dragon Age. The story of GoT RPG is cool, but the game play itself is really, really bad. I'm looking forward to GoT MMO instead and hope that it's better. I've at least heard that will be free to play.
May. 22nd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Willow, Kira, and Crimpila, thank you for your replies. Especially Willow and Crimp--your honesty is very appreciated.

I loved Dragon Age Origins even though the gameplay was closed and linear, especially compared to Skyrim, which can be very overwhelming in it sandbox style open-play. Dragon Age had the characters, the story, in-depth background lore, and amazing voice talent in the main characters (Alistair and Morrigan, voiced by Claudia Black of Farscape, not to mention Leliana, Zevran, and of course Flemeth, voiced by Kate Mulgrew).

I'd always hoped we'd get a Westeros-set game in the style of Dragon Age Origins... anyway, I read some spoilers, and apparently the climax of the game and what happens to the two playable characters is very unique and groundbreaking.

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.
Kira Apple
May. 16th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Enjoying it so far!
It's incredibly detailed, and the story-lines seem complex and fraught with grey areas. Mors is a great character. I think you would be pleased!
Christopher Jenkins
May. 16th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, most of the reviews generally agree the story is great but the gameplay is completely lackluster and very buggy. I love Western RPGs, but I won't touch this one without at least a few patches from Cyanide. It's unfortunate an inexperienced team had to take the helm. Makes me wonder if those Bethesda rumors were ever true.
May. 16th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Consensus
Man...a Bethesda Ice and Fire game would be so amazing. Oh...or Bioware. Or, if we're talking strategy like the first game, Firaxis would have been a great choice. Or Creative Assembly.

Sigh... (Runs off to invent a portal to a parallel universe...okay, I'm back. The games were amazing. Unfortunately in that universe giant ants have taken over the world. I just barely got out alive...)
May. 17th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: Consensus
They were:


Someone - presumably GRRM's agent - approached Bethesda after OBLIVION came out (2006) but before they started work on SKYRIM (2008) and suggested that Bethesda would be a good fit. Bethesda considered it but ultimately concluded that they didn't have the time between their own two big franches (ELDER SCROLLS and FALLOUT) to add a third project to the mix.

BioWare also considered making ASoIaF as an MMORPG. I believe this purely internal kicking-around ideas with no official discussions with GRRM's people. BioWare dropped the notion when LucasArts showed up and offered to drown them in money to make THE OLD REPUBLIC instead:


However, one of their other teams did cite ASoIaF as 'inspiration' for DRAGON AGE:

May. 16th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Bethesda passed?
That's too bad. The reviews I've read give props to the combat and the story, those aspects matter most to me. I can live with buggy graphics.
Horst Steuer
May. 17th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
interessting charakter
Hey, who is the character at the 1:52 mark in this trailer? The one with glasses and beard?? ;-)
May. 17th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not much of a gamer any more thee days, but have played some of the newer ones in the past 5 years or so that are good:

Elder Scrolls (Morrowind, Oblivion and now Skyrim) are all excellent

Mass Effect series

Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2

Diablo III

There are others too but those are the big RPG / adventure games.

The Game of Thrones game LOOKS good, but I'm gonna wait a bit...especially if they have expansions planned...And I want that art book!

Edited at 2012-05-17 08:28 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but I always thought the Mass Effect stuff owed a debt to George's Thousand Worlds short story cycle.
May. 17th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Don't care about the negative reviews .im so GOING TO BUY THE GAME.
Linda Storey
May. 17th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
books and game
I just finished reading the last page of the last book last night. So relieved a game is just out to sate my addiction for a bit.
May. 18th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Your reputation precedes you
For what it's worth, George, your books have been quite influential on the kinds of guys who write video games (the Thousand Worlds stuff, too) and there are quite a few games out there, notably the Dragon Age stuff, that are ASOIAFesque.
Bryan Palumbo
May. 19th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Playing the game.
Mr. Martin,

I bought the game when it came out and I have been playing it since.

The story is really well put together. I like how (at least in the parts I've played) it takes place in a time and geography that the books don't or barely mention.

I know the story isn't considered canon (reading your answer to another above), but if you changed your mind the story is put in such a way that it wouldn't really affect your books or differ/change the story you're telling at all.

I'm sure everyone here who is dedicated enough to your writing to check in on your blog would enjoy the game, and I recommend it to all of you...


The game itself is "eh". I don't want to say anything negative because I could never develop and produce a game myself, but I am an avid gamer. So I'll leave it at that.

If you ever want to take another crack at it (if you have license to do so, legally), I would suggest Bioware/Mythic or Bethesda create the next game. They are not only story people, but the "gaming" itself is wonderfully done.

You've made it, Mr. Martin. You don't need to go to third rate gaming companies to create a game anymore, you can go to the best.
Andrew Miller
May. 21st, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Playing the game.
This seems to be the consensus on the internet. Being a fan of the books (I have read each of them several times), do you (or anyone else who has played the game and has a similar opinion) think that it is a worthwhile buy? Or should I consider waiting until it hits the bargain bin?

While I love the series, I feel like this is a "vote with my wallet" decision. I would love to see quality games being made by the likes of Bethesda or Bioware, so I think I am biased against buying games from less distinguished developers who don't put the time and effort in to develop all aspects of gameplay.
Matthew Joyce
May. 19th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Good idea done badly
I can see GRRM's hand in the storymaking side of this game, it is absolutely awesome. Unfortunately the physical appearance, game mechanics, voice acting and pretty much the general gameplay are very, very bad. Mr Martin - you don't want these people putting the name of your series on anything else they do - give it to a game studio with actual talent.
Aple Gat
May. 19th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I wonder why the Witcher series doesn't get any mention here when hallmark CRPGs are discussed as signposts for ASOIAF CRPG.
rob star
May. 20th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Good game
I want to tell that Cyanide was a good choice for the adaptation.
All is brillant in the 2 first chapters.
Story, gameplay (pretty deep and funny), choices, graphics, voice acting.
Yeah there are bad points but seriously ? A bad game ? I'm very happy that this is this studio and not Bethesda or Bioware.
And there is many positive reviews, you just have to go on metacritics.
May. 27th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
A decent RPG...well done Cyanide
I'm impressed. It's been the perfect memorial day adventure. I've been playing for almost 15 hours straight and never a dull moment. The story is as close to being written by GRRM himself as I can tell. I was expecting a totally different story, but so far it's one of the main stories that run through the entire series...and for many of us it's the most important series, though that is open to subjectivity. I'm really enjoying the story.

The voice acting and lip synching is top notch. The game-play features are excellent. I particulary like the combat mechanics with slow-motion allowing selection of up to 3 character actions in advance. It's very well thought out and seamlessly implemented.

The downsides are the fixed 3rd persion view...during some conversations I'm staring at a wall and during some battles in tight corners I can barely see anything at all. I'm hoping there is a way to switch the view to 1st person so I can see what's going on. I've already modified the controls so I can move the character and camera at the same time with just one mouse button, but I still need some tweaking...essentially in PC video games the mouse is always moving the camera angle unless there's a dialog box or menu.

And there's something that prevents a deeper immersion by the way the textures for the arms don't line-up with the torso textures at the shoulder joints. The arms' textures are extending over the torso texture. It's due to their inexperience with the more detailed animation that is required. More experienced developers use clippers, link-meshes, and other techniques to prevent shoulder textures from separating from torso textures and thus give the appearance that the character has shoulder joints which move underneath skin and cloth. The Unreal 3 Engine that is being used has these features because I've played other games which has the required effect.

I hope the game is a commercial success so that they can fix those few defects and release another game using another of the main storylines.
Eric Martinez
May. 27th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
I really like this game.
I realize there are some issues with the game, that said, I absolutely loved it. I am such a big fan of aSoIaF, playing this game was a dream come true. How much influence did you have on the story line? It's great! Also, I jumped in my seat when I saw your cameo Mr. Martin! Was that your voice as well? The reference to the books made me whoop with joy. It's my favorite moment in gaming! Have a great day.


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