George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series is, in my humble opinion, one of the best fantasy series in the history of the medium. I place it right up there with Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" – seriously. If you've never had an opportunity to read the books, then by chance you've watched the immediately successful television adaptation, "Game Of Thrones." Well, like any great piece of popular entertainment, the franchise is receiving the videogame treatment, courtesy of a Cyanide-developed real-time strategy game, "A Game of Thrones: Genesis."
As it turns out, Cyanide were not the only studio interested in adapting the series. The game could have taken a very different turn if "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" developer Bethesda hadn't turned the opportunity down.
"Before we were even making 'Skyrim,' there was a conversation with George R.R. Martin's people," said Howard. "They thought it would be a good match – and so did we, actually – but then we thought about if that was where we wanted to spend our time. It was tempting, though."
While the RTS "Genesis" is due to release later this month, it's not hard to imagine how a role-playing "Game of Thrones" might have played out. The series is practically made for the genre, and under the skillful hands of Bethesda, it certainly would have potential.
Ultimately, the company was entering development with "Skyrim," and decided that was where they wanted to devote their time. A shame, because all I really want to do is play a game as Tyrion Lannister.
Now that "Skyrim" is growing closer to release, there's always hope that Bethesda may come back to an RPG "Game of Thrones." In the meantime, a hilarious video from CollegeHumor.com will have to suffice.
"A wild BRAN has spotted your incest!"