Strategy is leaking back into mainstream media, it seems. Game of Thrones, the hit HBO television show, has unveiled their own browser-based strategy game: Winter is Coming.
Through a new collaboration between HBO, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, and Yoozoo, players will be able to overtake kingdoms, defend their homes, and forge alliances with each other on PC browsers.
“HBO, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Yoozoo Games have collaborated to recreate Westeros on a massive scale, delivering an authentic and immersive multiplayer world laid out across the Seven Kingdoms – complete with major landmarks and castles from the epic TV series.
The story begins immediately following the death of Eddard Stark, when the player emerges as a new Westeros lord or lady in his stead.”Press Release
Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming won’t have the same amount of punch that a modern computer game will. It’s played within a web browser, after all. But it’s not exactly devoid of features, either. Players will be able to take over all of Westeros, experiencing ever-changing landscapes and weather conditions. After they’ve laid claim to all seven kingdoms, they can “add their own distinct features and upgrades in order to sit on the Iron Throne in a fashion more befitting their reign.”
There will also be hidden storylines, PvE missions, and other unannounced bonuses.
Currently free to play, it appears to utilize the common monetization scheme as many mobile games: a waiting period that can be skipped using premium currency.
Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming is available to play now on PC web browsers. To join, visit the official game page. I had a bit of time to start playing. It looks pretty good visually, but I’m reserving judgment for later.