Game of Thrones Ascent

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Game of Thrones Ascent
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Developer(s)Disruptor Beam
Publisher(s)Disruptor Beam
SeriesA Song of Ice and Fire
Platform(s)Facebook Platform, iOS, Android
Release
  • WW: February 2013 (Beta)[1]
Genre(s)Strategy

Game of Thrones Ascent was a strategy video game developed by Disruptor Beam for iOS,[2] Facebook, Kongregate,[3][4] and Android.[5] The game was a 2013 Facebook Game of the Year in the Staff Picks category[6] and a winner of a 2013 Friendie Award.[7] The game is an adaptation of the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, and is the first such social network game. According to Martin, the game features "alliance building, treachery, marriages, murders, and most of all the constant struggle to be the greatest house in Westeros."[8] The game includes the ability to engage in the dynamic political and social intrigue featured in the books and television show.[9] The game has over 9 million registered players though daily activity suggests 3 thousand active players.[10]

Disruptor Beam released the first expansion for the game, titled "The Long Night", in October 2014.[11] The expansion allows players to travel beyond "The Wall" and offers upgrades to the game’s Alliances system, along with new quests to complete and items to collect.[12]

On October 5, 2018, it was announced that Game of Thrones: Ascent will be shutting down on January 3, 2019. The lack of explanation regarding why the game was shut down left fans disappointed.[13] Some have suggested this resulted from NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) between HBO and Disruptor Beam.[14]

Gameplay[edit]

Game of Thrones Ascent is a point-and-click casual, role-playing/strategy video game. The player takes on the role of the head of a minor house, swearing allegiance to one of the Great Houses of Westeros, building and managing a keep and army of Sworn Swords. Players complete quests and build their holdings as solo play, making choices that influence their alignment and affect future quests.

They can also engage in player versus player conflict, both one-on-one with individual players, or as part of an Alliance in larger-scale wars. These wars are scheduled in 5-week "cycles", beginning with a week of low-conflict preparation, followed by three weeks of Alliance-versus-Alliance combat competing for ranks across eight of the nine major geographical areas of Westeros, and concluded with a week-long cooperative event.

Setting[edit]

The game closely followed the HBO television series, with weekly content updates following the airing of each episode. Quests allowed the player to participate in major events from the story in various ways, as well an original storyline exploring your character's past and current events at your holdings.

The player selected their primary location by swearing fealty to House Stark, House Lannister, House Greyjoy, House Baratheon, House Targaryen, House Tyrell, House Tully, or House Martell. However, the character visits many notable locations through the course of the game, including several famous places in Essos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (2012-05-21). "Game of Thrones Ascent Facebook game revealed". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  2. ^ Makuch, Eddie (2014-03-26). "Play this Game of Thrones iPad game while you wait for the show to come back". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  3. ^ LeFebvre, Rob (2012-05-22). "Jon Radoff takes Game Of Thrones to Facebook". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  4. ^ Gaudiosi, John (2012-05-21). "'Game of Thrones' Fans Get First Facebook Social Game". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  5. ^ "Game of Thrones Ascent Launches on iPhone and Android". Winter Is Coming. July 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Ligman, Kris (2013-09-13). "Facebook Unveils top games 2013 list". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  7. ^ Hindman, Beau (2014-01-01). "Massively's Third Annual Frindie Awards". Massively.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  8. ^ Martin, George R.R. (2012-05-22). "Social Gaming". Not a Blog. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  9. ^ Funk, John (2012-05-21). "Screw Your Friends With Game of Thrones: Ascent on Facebook". The Escapist. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  10. ^ "Hey No Pressure. This Game Developer Has to Please Fans of Game of Thrones and Star Trek Simultaneously (interview)". VentureBeat. December 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Game of Thrones Ascent Expansion The Long Night Now Available". GameZebo. October 27, 2014.
  12. ^ "Game of Thrones Receives The Long Night Expansion". Inside Social Games. October 30, 2014.
  13. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/GameofThronesAscent/comments/9lnnwb/rip_game_of_thrones_ascent_january_3rd_2019/
  14. ^ https://talk.tidbits.com/t/game-of-thrones-ascent-sudden-closure-leaves-fans-high-and-dry/6410/3

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