Bigpoint was showing off A Game of Thrones at last week’s Game Developer’s Conference. We got the quick rundown from Product Marketing Manager Joe Smith, and here are the highlights:
- The game will go into closed beta this fall, with open beta and launch to come “after.” It will follow the events of the HBO show. You’ll be able to use “hero cards,” which feature characters from the show, to gain advantages in battle.
- It will run on the Unity engine, using the standard MMO third-person viewpoint. The brief video glimpse we got looked fantastic.
- There will be three factions at launch — Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon — with six more planned. Players’ allegiances will not be determined at character creation and there will be, of course, ample opportunity to change sides.
- Characters levels will go to 100. Female characters will be handled a little differently, keeping in line with the lore of the series, which isn’t overflowing with female warriors.
- The map will encompass everything from Dorne to the Wall, and possibly beyond, with open PvP throughout as players fight over locations. Even low-level characters will be able to participate in the sieges.
- As for monetization… well, it’s a Bigpoint game. Take that for what it is.