On our sister site, Screen Rant, Game of Thrones is one of our favorite programs on television and it tops our most anticipated returning shows of 2011. The successful HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ book series, helped spawn a video game, A Game of Thrones: Genesis, developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive.

That strategy game wasn’t very good (read our Game of Thrones: Genesis review), but Cyanide and Focus are at it again, this time developing the simply-titled Game of Thrones as an RPG for the consoles and PC.

Cyanide claims the game is akin to Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect 1 in its gameplay mechanics, but that its combat will be rather unique thanks to the “active slowdown tactical combat engine.” From what we know of the story, it’s based on the first book/season of the show, where players can play one of two characters involved with the rebellion: Mors, sworn brother of the Night’s Watch, and Alester, a Red Priest.

The game’s campaign is 30 hours long and players will be given the opportunity to visit iconic locations from A Game of Thrones, from The Wall and the headquarters of the Night’s Watch Castle Black, to King’s Landing and Red Keep.

In Game of Thrones, you will choose the class of your characters, find your fighting style, reach a good balance between your strengths and weaknesses, and get ready for epic battles! Find, buy or loot new equipment and weapons to fit your approach of the fights, and gain experience to improve your skills or learn new ones. Slow the time down during battle to analyze the situation and choose your next moves. In game of thrones, political skills can be as lethal as a sharpen sword, so never underestimate the power of a silver tongue to solve a critical situation!

Watch the two trailers below, the first of which focuses on Jeor Mormont of the Night’s Watch — voiced by series star James Cosmo:

The in-game footage reveals slightly dated graphics and animations, but we can at least hope for a strong story, especially since they’re working with Miller on the game’s story. If the actual combat gameplay and RPG elements are solid and the villains and environments are dynamic and interesting, there’s certainly potential here for Cyanide’s biggest project to date. Our fear – and the graphics lend credence to this – is that the game is being rushed out in time for season 2 of the show.

Focus and Atlus have also unveiled the new interactive Game of Thrones game website so check it out here.

Game of Thrones releases in Early 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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