The Game of Thrones brand has established itself as this year’s biggest reason to pick up a plastic sword and slip into some sandals.
The novels by George R. R. Martin have sold more than 15m copies and the property is drawing in a new set of fans with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed HBO television series.
Now fans of the both the show and the novels can look forward to exploring the settings of the franchise in Game of Thrones, an RPG gaming experience that has been written under the supervision of author Martin himself.
“Game of Thrones is one of the hottest fantasy brands at the moment,” says Koch Media’s head of UK?sales for publishing Greg Whalley. “We’re very excited for the acquisition of Game of Thrones. Not only will the game appeal to the loyal fanbase, but the strength of the code and the story will also appeal to the vast amount of RPG fans we have in the UK.
“With the game’s target release date in line with the TV season finale, there is no better time to hit the market with this release.”
A Game of Ice and Fire
Following the structure of the books, players will find themselves fighting in chapters that alternate between the quests of the two playable heroes of the game, the lethal ranger Mors and the Red Priest Alester.
Throughout their quests, players will have to balance honour with vengeance and enhance their character class to utilise a range of individual skills. Alester can use Red Priest magic powers to take out enemies and reveal hidden doors. And when playing as Mors, gamers can utilise his Skinchanger power to slip into the paws of his loyal dog. This allows him to follow trails, dig up treasure and bite enemies.
When in the heat of battle, planning is key and at any time during conflicts, players have the ability to slow down combat and decide what defensive or attacking move is the best to adopt.
The Game of Thrones video game provides consumers with an epic fantasy RPG experience destined to satisfy the popular brand’s ever-growing fanbase.
A Game of tomes
A Game of Thrones is the first book in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, a series that has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. There are currently five novels in the franchise and a sixth titled The Winds of Winter is currently in the pipeline.
With millions having watched the first season and more than 500,000 tuning into Sky Atlantic for the second season premiere, it comes as no surprise that a third season of the massively popular TV show is on the way.
Koch Media is ensuring that the game has just as much coverage as its small screen cousin, with a high-profile TV campaign, advertisements on specialist and lifestyle websites, as well print ads. Social media activity will also target YouTube and Facebook users.
Allegiance of Thrones
The Game of Thrones video game joins the franchise’s family of products which also includes the Game of Thrones: Genesis PC game, comic book series, card game (pictured above) and a board game.