Always wanted to rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros? Now you can with a new online strategy game based on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Titled Game of Thrones Ascent, the game will debut Thursday (as in today, we think) on Facebook. In it, fans of the TV series and the books can play the role of nobles in service to one of the great families of the show.
Facebook friends can join forces to help complete tasks or they can simply compete for the wealth and status that’ll help sway the fortune and destiny of the Seven Kingdoms.
This is all good and well but the challenge that faces Disruptor Beam Inc. (a small Boston game development house that built the game) is to find an audience since Facebook has reported no growth in its gaming revenues during the fourth quarter of 2012.
The major Facebook gaming company, Zynga Inc. which owns FarmVille and Words With Friends has reported to have lost a whopping $209 million last year.
Still, Jon Radoff, Disruptor Beam’s founder and chief executive, says of Game of Thrones Ascent -- a game geared toward a PG-13 audience -- that his game is deeper and more sophisticated :
“You’ve got these moral shades of gray, you’ve got the complexity of human interaction, and that’s what we were interested in bringing to life in a game.”
While the hit HBO fantasy series has lots of head and limb chopping, some duels, a few battles (admittedly, we haven’t seen that many on TV yet besides Blackwater), the Facebook game will be more about strategy:
“You’re not going to put a sword in your hand and wave it around and start hacking at stuff. it’s closer to a board game.”
Players will be able to hire virtual soldiers and build castles as well as go on quests and search for some loot in order to become the highest-ranking lord in Westeros.
There will be over 1,000 different quests in the game as well as new challenges that will be added over time and, of course, Facebook players will also be able to purchase special abilities and tools. Items may cost from 10 cents to as much as $20.
However, gamers will also be able to play the game without spending a single silver dragon.
The game is not only approved by George R. R. Martin himself, but the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire book saga on which the show and game is based apparently said back in May that “Jon and his designers took great pains to make sure the flavor of the novels is here.”
Still, the game could fail if it doesn't attract enough players, but since Game of Thrones is a VERY hot property right about now, it could attract millions of players.
Will you be playing?