George R.R. Martin’s popular fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is getting the videogame treatment courtesy of French developer Cyanide Studio.
George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels has spawned everything from a collectible card game, a possible HBO TV series, a traditional role-playing game and even an online text-based RPG. Now series fans or, better yet, people intimidated by the idea of denser-than-Tolkien fantasy novels being adapted into text-based RPGs, can look forward to experiencing A Song of Ice and Fire in an arguably more accessible format: a videogame.
French studio Cyanide (developers of Blood Bowl) recently announced their partnership with Martin to create the games, which will appear on consoles and PC. The studio is working “in collaboration with George R.R. Martin,” and says that “development has begun.”
What exactly it has begun on remains a mystery, but anyone who’s even read a few pages of these books should know that there’s a lot of material to mine. Also, Cyanide says that the series’ compelling themes and extensive cast of characters make it “an ideal background for numerous genres of video games,” so who knows, we might be getting more than RPGs.
“We are all huge fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, so it is a true honor for our teams to be entrusted with creating the first video games inspired by this masterpiece,” Patrick Pligersdorffer, managing director of Cyanide, said. “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.”