Sometimes, awesome things just get more awesome. Such is the case with the Game of Thrones mod for Crusader Kings II, which has just posted a dev diary detailing a long-awaited addition. The expansive continent of Essos is under development for a future release, more than doubling the landmass available and introducing such locations from the acclaimed franchise such as Slaver's Bay and the Free Cities. Set sail for the sunrise and start brushing up on your Pentoshi—we've got more details below.
A Game of Thrones
Crusader Kings 2's Game of Thrones total conversion has received a huge update, adding in two new scenarios with which to experience the mod's blend of war, intrigue and special family cuddles. This time, players will get the chance to try The Blackfyre Rebellion and A Feast for Crows scenarios, along with improved Hedge Knights and building options. There's a video teasing the new additions, but it comes with a couple of dire warnings.
Riverspring is the setting for the latest Game of Thrones trailer. It's the home town of Red Priest, Alester Sarwyck, one of the RPG's two playable characters. The other is Mors, a member of the hardened, reclusive order of the Black Watch. The threads of their separate stories are sure to tangle in a campaign that promises "a twisting plot filled with betrayal and violence." A typical day in Westeros, then
Cyanide have taken the dark fantasy label a little too literally in the eight new screenshots they've released, but if you squint, you can make out some scowling warriors and the worn stone of Riverspring's great halls. The release date is set for "early 2012." Wait, that's pretty much now! The RPG could bridge the gap until April 1, when the second series starts on HBO. You'll find the screenshots below, but you'll probably want to click on this first to set the mood.
Bioware's multi-million dollar Star Wars MMO is alive and kicking. Throngs of players are battling through its vast zones, looting and levelling and making "I used to play Skyrim but then I took a TOR in the knee" jokes. It's hard to imagine that it all began with three men sitting in a room in Edmonton, Canada, drawing up design documents. We caught up with game director James Ohlen to discover to discover what The Old Republic could have been, and how Bioware decided on Star Wars.
"We had backup plans," said Ohlen. "In all the design team was like three of us at that point, in total. So we were looking at doing a Lord of the Rings MMO, a Silmarillion MMO, a kind of a Gunslinger-esque Dark Tower MMO, a Game of Thrones MMO."
Remember the opening of A Game of Thrones? That spooky forest, that lone patrol from the Wall, the creeping sense of dread as they approached a camp full of mysteriously dead bandits? I loved it. All I could think was, "This would make a great Facebook game."
OK, we're not just getting a social Game of Thrones, but it is one of three upcoming licensed games for George RR Martin's fantasy series.