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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. 9th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Video Game
Hmmmmmm I would of been more comfortable if it was done by a larger video game company but hey look what "cd projekt red" done with "The Witcher" and they are only a small company so we'll see what happens. I never even thought of a Song of Ice and Fire MMORPG but yah if the TV Show goes well I wouldn't be suprised if they made one :O now that would be class. As for the near future Id love if Cyanide made an open world RPG out of it like Oblivion etc but its absolutely perfect for a total war style game too.
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Re: Video Game
The Witcher is so awesome :D Just had to say.
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
I'm a First Person Shooter (FPS) guy myself, but from time to time I try an RPG. My last RPG was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I've also played Battle For Middle Earth II. I had fun with both of them, but I play Team Fortress II almost every night because it's a total blast, but it's a FPS.

I wish you had tried to get some of the guys that created Thief: The Dark Project...that was a totally fun game set in the middle ages with swords, magic, archery, the works...they are set to make the 4th in the series during the next couple of years. Many of the talented game developers have folded or tried enterprises of their own and failed. I was involved in the gaming industry from 1997 through 1999...even developed my own game engine. There are loads of development studios that would be a much better match than Cyanide...I mean...Ubisoft is OK, but from Cyanides company profile they just want to do sports stuff and crawlers. Well...I suppose it would be just like me making a deal with a publisher of one of my stories...you'd probably think I'd picked the wrong one too.
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
OMG. So. Excited. Can't breathe. I so cannot wait! Video Gaming + ASoIaF= Pure Happiness!
Jun. 9th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
Great !
Hi There,

We, at Cyanide, are just as exited as most of you fans are. Especially since we are also great fans of George's work as Patrick (our CEO) mentioned.

We are already working on both games and everybody here is thrilled at the idea of bringing "A Song of Ice & Fire" to video game and delivering you exciting games in this deep and complex universe.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
By next gen systems, does that include the Wii or not?
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Seriously? By that year I'll have my life under congrol.

YAY!! :D
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I wonder if any of you ever played Disciples II? Seems like this style of game would be a perfect match for something like A Song of Fire & Ice. In fact, I imagine that it would be right up Martin’s alley with elements of a card game, a turn-based-strategy, an RPG, incredible artwork, and a lot of mythology. Anyways, just my two cents.

Good luck and best wishes with the game and the HBO series Mr. Martin. I look forward to both.
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Is now something ELSE I have to add to my "must have" list.

Saint Dharma
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I will be happy to play any game that meets your approval set in your worlds. I just hope that the game can live up to the expectations of your fan base.

I think as far as the RPG goes it would be excellent to start out as an essential nobody. A hedge knight or house retainer who has to work their way up the ranks. It would be nice if there were multiple options so that you could elevate yourself through diplomacy, intrigue and assinations, or straight out fighting. No matter what they do with the game I am sure it will be great though. How could it not be?
Jun. 9th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm also pretty excited about the news! Somehow I've always associated Yasumi Matsuno's games (Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy Tactics or Vagrant Story) and the Suikoden franchise with ASoI&F, so I guess I can imagine a video-game based on the cycle :) (perhaps not a direct adaptation of the books, but a game set in Westeros - oh, yeah!)
Jun. 10th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Don't use Games For Windows Live in these games PLEASE!
Cyanide has done some great work in the past, and I'm REALLY hanging out for the Blood Bowl adaptation they're releasing soon, so I have high hopes for the quality of these games.

I only have one request, please, please, please don't use Games For Windows Live on the PC version. GFWL makes the baby Jesus cry and upsets gamers around the world who are sick of seeing games they love ruined by this hateful hell-spawned application (farewell Flatout, adieu Grand Theft Auto, so long Dawn of War, etc etc etc).

Please, Cyanide - don't use it
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Couldn't tell much by their website. I'm aware of their management series. Hopefully, they will do a great job which this series deserves. For the RPG, I hope it plays similarly to "The Witcher" only without the bugs. I haven't played an RTS since The Star Wars RTS which was, eh. Honestly, I'd prefer a turn-based strategy like Civilization.
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
I would have been more pleased had an announcement come from a more reputable game company, such as Ion Storm or Bethesda. I would also have liked to see a turn-based strategy game (similar to Heroes) rather than an RTS - In my view, Westeros isn't exactly well-known for management of resources, more like military and political interactions.

But the RPG certainly has hope. Maybe it'll be like The Godfather, a young hedge knight eventually joining the Kingsguard or winning a tourney.
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to see if they develop a new engine for the game or if they recycle an old (like the engine from Loki, which no offense was terrible). I'll withhold any excitement/criticism when I see more details on the game itself, specifically graphics. I was really excited when I read about the Wheel of Time PC game... then I got it. FPS's and RPG's don't mix well, only Bethesda has really managed to pull it off, and the people who make Thief.
Good luck with the endeavor though! Just don't screw it up for SoIaF fans will hate you forever.
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