The folks from Cyanide Studios and Atlus Entertainment have debuted the new trailer for their A Song of Ice and Fire role-playing game titled, simply, Game of Thrones. And I have to say, it looks pretty good.
In addition, the developers gave a presentation on the game to members of the press in France. French ASOIAF fan site La Garde de Nuit was in attendance and provided a detailed report via Westeros.org. Here is a snippet:
Game of Thrones: The Roleplaying Game puts players in control of two original characters, Mors Westfold and Alester Sarwyck. They do not appear in the novels, although GRRM has indicated to the studio that he might choose to make mentions of them, their families, or details from the game’s story in later novels. The game does now have an open world like Skyrim or the old Baldur’s Gate game. Instead the story is divided into point of view-based “chapters”, with cliffhangers and twists ending each chapter, much like in the novels where one chapter from the perspective of one character is followed by a chapter from a completely different character. Both of them have special abiltiies and three fighting modes. Mors is a skinchanger and can slip into his dog to find secret paths or to listen in on conversations, and he can even follow a character’s tracks through scent. Alester is a red priest who can set fire on his sword using wildfire, he can look into the flames to find secrets, at higher levels, can use certain fire-based magic.
The characters are fixed in terms of background and appearances, but you can customize them greatly in terms of their abilities. First, you can choose different fighting styles. Mors can be set as a “Ragnar” [possibly Magnar? -Elio] (allowing dual-wielding), Hedge Knight (one two-handed weapon) or Landed Knight (a weapon in the hand, a shield on the other). Alester, on the other hand, can be set up as a Water Dancer (light and agile, with a slender blade), a Sellsword (daggers and poisons), or Ranger (Bow and arrows).
UPDATE: Fantasy.fr was there as well and actually has
a couple videos of the full presentation It’s in French, obviously, but the videos do show actual gameplay. The videos have been removed.
Winter Is Coming: This… actually seems pretty awesome. I’m not a graphics snob, not even close, so those visuals look pretty great to me. And the gameplay sounds, if not wholly original, at least like it will be fun to play. With this, the DVD/Blu-Rays and season two, early spring is going to be a great time to be a Game of Thrones fan.