The last season of Game of Thrones may have ended, but fans of the franchise may soon have another way to explore the world of Westeros. According to various leaks, George RR Martin and the developers of the Dark Souls games, From Software, will be debuting a new game at E3 2019. Dubbed Game of Thrones: The Gold and Silver, the game will allegedly be unveiled during Microsoft's presentation. There will be a trailer and some "live" gameplay, though it is unknown who will actually be giving the presentation.
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What is known is that the game starts you off in the back of a prisoner wagon. You've been captured after walking into a Night's Watch ambush and are sentenced to die. Fortunately, your execution is interrupted and you escape into the wilds. Eventually you run into a giant-hunting party from the Golden Company and the mercenaries just so happen to be recruiting. From there, you can explore the realm, helping or hurting people for profit or pleasure. As you progress through the story, you will have to fight bosses, meet both original and familiar characters, and make decisions that will challenge your moral compass. But remember, actions have consequences. Well, unless you decide to blow up a church in King's Landing that's filled with all sorts of important and influential people. That's just like a normal thing that they do there.
If you love Game of Thrones for its storytelling, don't worry because the game will be as much of an extension of the books as the show was. In fact, the head writers of the show, David Benioff and DB Weiss, were brought on to help write the story. There will be plot twists, subverted expectations, and character assassinations of all kinds. Who knows what might happen? Maybe a character will get rolled over by 50 wights and be perfectly fine 10 minutes later. Love a character, and they might go crazy and forget their entire character arc within the span of five minutes. Perhaps another character will turn stupid and need things to be explained very slowly to him before vanquishing the final boss. Character development? What's that? No one's got time for that when there's increasingly awkward sex scenes.
Who is the big baddie anyways? Is it the literal king of the zombies and bringer of the apocalypse, the pregnant lady who only knows how to stare and sip wine, the teleporting pirate who turns giant crossbows into railguns, or maybe even the weird kid in a wheelchair? No one knows, because there's eunuch jokes that need to be made. And if you thought that there will be a happy ending, think again because it's Game of Thrones and no one is safe. Unless you're a popular character and one of the good guys. Then the worst thing that can happen is that you'll get a mildly inconvenient ending.
While Gold and Silver is technically a story based game, you don't need to worry about the core gameplay mechanics. The combat will feel quite familiar to those who played Dark Souls and Sekiro. It will also be inspired by the most brutal battles in the Game of Thrones show. Up to 100,000 NPCs can be in a single battle, creating some of the largest battles known to gaming. To allow for so many NPCs to exist on screen at once, many of the NPCs will have no AI and will just charge each other. Also, every battle will be hilariously dark to simulate the effects of confusion. Much like their show counterparts, entire armies can respawn even if the writers literally said that it is the final moments of that army.
In addition, armor will serve a very important role. Much like their historic counterparts, armor will be able to practically negate certain attack types. Leather armor for example makes you impossible to hit if you have enough points in the right stat. Plate armor renders you invulnerable to slashing attacks but leaves you vulnerable to the plot. Plot armor means that you don't die even if you get stabbed 50 times in the stomach and land in a sewer, but you can die to random things like food or get randomly debuffed by stupidity. Worst of all, you might even forget that you're supposed to be speaking in Ye Olde English and not modern American.
Unfortunately, like all modern games, Game of Thrones: The Gold and Silver will have DLC. The main game is scheduled to release by 2020. After that, there will be six major expansion packs that expand on the main story in the coming years. They will be written and rewritten from scratch though, so there is no concrete release date. While this makes Gold and Silver dangerously similar to Star Citizen, the developers of Gold and Silver gave their assurance that their game is in no way a money laundering scheme. The developers also stated that Game of Thrones: The Gold and Silver will be available on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch, mobile phones, various VR platforms, and the Soulja Console.