Video game developer Cyanide has confirmed that it has entered into a deal with television channel HBO designed to allow it to use some of the assets and the characters designs that fans of the R.R. Martin written A Song of Fire and Ice have seen in the Game of Thrones first season.
Cyanide has already launched Genesis
, a real time strategy game with diplomacy and betrayal elements that takes place long before the current events of the book series, but it seems that the studio is more interested in another project linked to the universe, which will mix strategy with role playing.
Cyanide has apparently been working on the project since 2009, long before it became public knowledge that HBO would be doing a television series.
Speaking to Kotaku Yves Bordeleau, who is the studio director at Cyanide, has said, “We entered the agreement late in the game, unfortunately but we managed to have a lot of characters and locations modeled.”
It seems that a number of the characters seen on the show will also be lending their voices to the video game.
The game designer also confirmed that a big part of the real time battles will be giving the appropriate orders to troops controlled by the Artificial Intelligence.
He added, “You pause the game to give orders, but it doesn’t really pause, it slows the time down. You can see something coming and react to it.”
The narrative of the Game of Thrones role playing game will track two characters that are not seen in the HBO
series and will show how the story evolves from their points of view.
Players will be unable to play as the big characters from the books but they will appear in the game and will interact with the gamer.
Cyanide plans to launch this new Game of Thrones game at some point during early 2012.