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A Taste of Cyanide

Two of the game designers from Cyanide's studio in Montreal flew down to New Mexico on Friday to give me a look at their GAME OF THRONES RTS game (that's Real Time Strategy, for those of you who don't speak Gaming), which is now done and will be rolling out Real Soon Now.

Now, I have to admit, I am far from being an expert on videogames. In fact, I've never played any of the current RTS games. My experience with videogaming was almost entirely with older, turn-based DOS strategy games like ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, PIRATES, MASTER OF ORION, RAILROAD TYCOON, and the like. And as you can probably tell from those titles, I stopped videogaming some years ago (not because I did not like it -- truth to tell, I liked it too much, and found that I was spending way too much time playing games on my computer when I should have been writing).

That being said... I thought what I saw looked really cool. And Ty, who DOES play a lot of videogames, seemed impressed as well. The gang at Cyanide (Montreal) have come up with some innovative features for this one, that should help make A GAME OF THRONES: GENESIS unlike any other RTS on the market at present. And fun to play as well, we hope... but that's a verdict that will need to come from the gamers out there.

Focus, our publisher, has opened an official website for GENESIS. Check it out:


(Just to be clear. This is the RTS game, designed and developed by Cyanide's studio in Montreal. A second videogame, an RPG, is also under development at Cyanide's studio in France, but that one won't be along for a while yet. The two games are very different, so please don't get them confused).

Anyway, I enjoyed having the crew from Cyanide down here, and liked what they had to show me. I hope you will as well.



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Sep. 11th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
we are waiting for the Dance with dragong in Russian edition!
thank you for your greatest book!
Sep. 11th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news. RTS is a good route, the only alternative I could imagine would be a Total War sort of turn-based / massive battle strategy game. Ty wasn't kidding, this does look cool.
Sep. 11th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Very exciting. I wonder if they plan on balancing it for competitive e-sports.
Sep. 11th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ah... my naivete is showing, but I'm not sure what that means...

But there will be a multiplayer version available. Up to eight can play at once.
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Sep. 11th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I know that there are going to be people replying that they're sad it's not an MMORPG and they want to see an RPG game made. To them I have to say: I worked on an RPG in a low magic world. It doesn't work very well. An MMO in ASOIAF would involve a lot of boring classes with nothing to add and a couple of classes that are just TOO powerful. Knowing what I know about game creation and what I know about the books, RTS is the PERFECT game genre for the series. Almost all of the motivation for most of the characters involves battle planning and strategies to keep their house moving ahead. Give this game a chance and trust me when I say that an MMO would be greatly disappointing.
Sep. 11th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
There is a RPG coming... see my post.

An for a MMORPG... that's possible as well, although HBO now controls those rights, so any MMORPG would be based on the TV series, whereas the two Cyanide games are based on the books.
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Sep. 11th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to this game. Since I read ASoIaF I wanted to play something in that setting, and though I'd like an RPG more, I will have to make do with the RTS until the other one comes out :D
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I admit that I'm looking forward to the RPG more than the RTS. I think, even with a low-magic world, that it will be good times.
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Alas, no love for Mac users. *sobs*
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
yeah, tell me about it
but if it was formatted for Mac, I'd never ever get the laundry done. That's why I've avoided all computer games since the first Myst title swallowed most of a month of my waking hours. I realized that the time-sink was too big for me to get involved with any sort of computer or console games.

We do have a Wii, and very few months I go bowling in the tv room. That's about all I can handle.
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Hope they made better gameplay then visuals. I am more interested in their RPG project
Arron Robertson
Sep. 11th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
game look amazing! defiantly on my to get wish.....another GRRM creation to hamper my studies! lol
Shane Killian
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Very impressed
I'm very impressed with your gaming background. Those are all FANTASTIC games, and they are fairly complicated as well. The vast majority of gamers look at Romance and think.. "What?"

Here's hoping these games hold a candle to the books...
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well, let`s cross our fingers and hope it won`t be just another Age of Empires clone with better graphics.
Sep. 11th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
I've never been a gamer, and I doubt this news will change that, but I'm pleased to hear that a company in my adopted home city of Montreal has done this work!
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
This looks really cool. I love RTS. For those of you who have played the "Age of" (Mythology, Empires) games, it looks to me like this will be along the same lines, only in Westeros, and of course more modern. I played those two games for years(decades?), so I definitely will get this one if I can get a decent deal on it. I play EQ2 as well, but that is a totally different thing.

I am assuming you will also be able to play multiplayer online, rather than just on LAN?
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
The game looks very nice. Any idea if it will be released for the Mac platform? (And here's some gentle encouragement to that end.)
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Comment from a Game Developer
I'm an avid fan of AGOT and a game developer myself. I don't normally comment on this stuff (although I do subscribe to your blog), but I've felt nervous about these games since they were announced, as have several other game industry folks I've talked to. The simple fact is that Cyanide is not known for quality software. In fact, they are more often associated with "shovel ware" budget titles, that is created on a strict budget and with a strict timeline, but is rarely fun and often very buggy. Their business model works for them, which is great, but it does NOT often yield a "good" game. Which is a shame, because this is such a rich property that it's going to be a real tragedy if either (or more likely - both) of these games winds up being sub-par. George - I hope that these games turn out to be great. I know I'll play them even though I have low expectations, but know that that is because of the IP, not because of the developers. I just hope that if my fears prove to be true that the poor sales and worse reviews don't scare you off from future QUALITY games with a new partner down the road.
Peter Goranov
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Re: Comment from a Game Developer
The cinematics are sub-par for today's standards and the promo trailer they've posted on their site has been done by an amateur in After Effects (the particles in the beginning and the rocks breaking at the end. Both are based on a tutorial, especially the rocks). I think you might have a point about quality. Let's hope that GRRM's setting will wash out the bad taste of a poorly made game, and if modding is allowed I'm sure the fans can finish the work (see Troika's TOEE and the Co8 mod, or all the great M2TW mods).

Speaking of Medieval 2: Total War, there is a Westeros mod in the makig there, and with the modding standards being so high for that community (Stainless Steel, TATW etc.) I'm expecting great things.

Mr. Martin I'd urge you to stay away from Medieval 2, it's a medieval strategy game to end all medieval strategy games, and it has eaten a lot of my hours. I think I must follow your example If I ever hope to write.
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