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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



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.
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
I think that's a wise decision. I don't think there are many (any?) MMOs that can really capture the style of Ice and Fire right now. A bit too much hack-and-slash and I don't know of any that are really realistic and very low-magic (or science, for SFnal MMOs).
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
I think it could be done, the realm certainly has the scope for it. However to even think about it, at least one successful game should be produced.

Either way I'm super excited :-)
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
The key to success in this case would be the fact that there hasn't been a similar MMORPG published. Every MMO that comes out now just borrows what it likes from the already established games and hopes it is enough to survive. The reason no other game has taken down Warcraft yet is because nobody has been new enough.

If there were going to be an MMO though, I would like to see a combat system similar to Age of Conan and something thrown in along the lines of the Diplomacy from Vanguard. An MMO based on Westeros would be truly epic and just because the existing fanbase is already so massive it would be a true competitor from day 1.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
Oh, thank goodness! I'm really looking forward to a great pure RPG!
Jul. 15th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
Bring on 2011! cant wait for Ice and Fire video game :D Surrey Glaziers
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: I smell an MMO
WOW (haven't played it) spent a lot of money on advertising even before it's release. It worked up a lot of buzz. The masses (kids) also love riding a variety of fantasy mounts and far out magic.

Add to that: Ultima was sold off and didn't keep pace with the need to update the brand. Sony screwed the pooch and Microsoft never had a vision. Lineage has a continued following and is profitable (in Asia). Unfortunately, for them there are too many underground servers.

As a purely adult low magic MMO, ASoIaF would be a difficult sell in a very crowded market. But, with the right developers and marketing it could be profitable too. So far Lord of the Rings appears to be in the green (hard to tell with Turbine). Finding the right company will be tough. I would NOT recommend Funcom and NCSoft. They did absolutely woeful jobs with Age of Conan and Tabula Rasa.


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