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HBO and German developer Bigpoint have signed a deal to develop an on-line MMO based on Game of Thrones.
Bigpoint, which developed a similar MMORPG based on theBattlestar Galactica series, said it will give an exclusive first-look into plans for the game next week the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco (March 5-9).
As with Battlestar Galactica, the Game of Thrones online game will be free-to-play. The game will be set in the series’ fictional medieval world of Westeros and feature plotlines inspired by the show and George R.R. Martin’s original A Song of Ice and Firebook series. The second season of Game of Thrones bows on HBO April 1.\
“With a rich and complex story, expressed through an amazing level of detail, it’s easy to see why the HBO series Game of Thrones has amassed an army of fans worldwide,” said Bigpoint CEO Heiko Hubertz. “We intend to build a game that resonates intimately with its diehard community of followers, while also creating an authentic gaming experience that attracts newcomers to the franchise.”
Norwegian games studio Artplant will develop the game, with a closed beta version expected to deliver this fall. Bigpoint is one of the leaders in the fast-growing free-to-play gaming industry. The Hamburg-based company has over 250 million registered users worldwide.
A new installment in the Skylanders game series is in the works.
Activision announced that a sequel to Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure will be unveiled at next week’s International Toy Fair in New York. The game is called Skylanders Giants.
Skylanders is an action game featuring collectible figurines players can bring to life in the game using a special portal. When players place the figurine on the portal, that character will appear in the game.
Skylanders Giants will introduce eight new regular-size, collectible characters and eight giant Skylanders that are twice the size. The game will also feature characters that light up when they are near or on the portal. Also, all the figurines available in Spyro’s Adventure will be compatible with the sequel.
The game is slated for release this fall. Activision did not disclose details on which platforms will be supported. Spyro’s Adventure is available for PCs, Macs, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo 3DS.
The release of Max Payne 3 has been pushed back.
Rockstar Games announced it will release the highly anticipated action title on May 15 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, followed by a PC debut on May 29.
Last September, Rockstar had revealed the game would arrive in March.
Max Payne 3 follows a former New York City detective of the same name as he begins private security work for a rich family in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Along with the primary campaign, Max Payne 3 will introduce a multiplayer component to the series, tying a broader story with mechanics such as the slow-motion effect Bullet Time.