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Videogame Rights Optioned

For years now fans of my epic fantasy series A Song of Ice & Fire have been writing and emailing me to suggest... ask... beg for the books to be made into a videogame. I'm thrilled to be able to announce that, at long last, those requests are being answered. Cyanide Studios, an independent videogame developer based in Nanterre, France, has acquired an exclusive option to develop Ice & Fire as both an RTS (Real Time Strategy) and RPG videogame for next generation consoles and PC.

Cyanide will begin development immediately, with an eye toward rolling out the games for release in the summer of 2011. "We are all huge fans of 'A Song of Ice and Fire', so it is a true honour for our teams to be entrusted with creating the first video games inspired by this masterpiece" said Patrick Pligersdorffer, Managing Director of Cyanide. "The twists and turns of the plot will allow us to deliver an experience which can be enjoyed by both long-time fans as well as gamers new to the series. Its rich web of characters, set in a universe where nothing is just black and white, make it an ideal background for both an RTS and an RPG."

Cyanide first approached me about videogame rights five years ago. No agreement was reached at that time, but Patrick and his colleague Joe Ryan have maintained their interest in the series over the years, impressing me with their doggedness and determination. Since that first contact, Cyanide has opened a studio in Montreal and more than doubled its headcount, and now have the resources to produce both RTS and RPG games that will, we hope, satisfy all my fans and readers, and gamers unfamiliar with the books as well. I am pleased to be in business with the Cyanide, and look forward to working with them on the games.

Cyanide was founded in 2000, and has developed and produced games in numerous genres, including sports management, real time strategy, fantasy, and action RPGs. More information is available through the company website at www.cyanide-studio.com



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Jun. 8th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh great! I've played a couple Cyanide games and I've been impressed. I got into the Blood Bowl beta and was impressed at how faithful to the tabletop game it was.

I think this bodes well for the faithfulness to the books. :)
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I am very excited about the Blood Bowl game. Perhaps we could have a ASOIAF crossover. The Cleganes would fit in very well on a Blood Bowl pitch.
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Tell them to get WBGames to do their testing and distro! Please please please?! (I want to test it, I want to test it!!!)
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, and congrats on the deal! You are a licensing genius. You are my literary AND my marketing hero.
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
This is amazing news - I am so excited!
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I saw the press release a while ago and was super excited! This should be a great pairing. There are a couple of very nice stories about it that came out in early May.

Jun. 8th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
OMG... this post is full of win.
My fiancee is going to freak when I tell him.
This is awesome news!
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Good stuff, George. Will be very interesting to see the form of the RTS.

Obviously, games like the Total War series would seem to many to be an ideal format for an RTS (have you tried any of the TW games out? I think you'd get a kick out of them), and that might well be a good approach. However, I hope they make the political and diplomatic side of it a lot more varied and complex (more along the lines of Crusader Kings from the Swedish developer Paradox), rather than just focusing on building up armies and smashing them together.
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Jun. 8th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Great news!
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on coming to an agreement with Cyanide. This could be so awesome!
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I smell an MMO
Come on cyanide... you know you wanna.
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
Sorry, but no. MMORPG rights were not included in the deal.
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Jun. 8th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
I gotta admit, when I read the books I never once thought "I'd like to play this as a video game!"

Still don't think that way.

A game is fun because of the game play, not because of what the pixels are named.

Jun. 8th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
I agree.

Of course a game can use a good story - but I don't believe they'll be able to capture what's best about the books in any kind of meaningful gameplay. How do you do politics and intrigue? What will the game do if you play Ned, and decide not to go south with Robert? The game will have to rewrite the whole story.

So either you'll be horribly constrained in the actions you can take, or you'll be forced to play a character who can't affect the story anyway.

This will be hack and slash and nice graphics of Westeros - which might be cool anyway :-)
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. o.O That's fantastic! Thanks for agreeing to this, Mr. Martin. I wonder when the RPG will be set, in terms of historical periods of Westeros...
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I know a lot of friends who will b e thrilled with this news! And maybe I'll finally be a gamer...
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
This is more than awesome.
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