Tencent's just backed a new mobile title and it's based on the popular HBO show, Game of Thrones - fans rejoice! The currently-named Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming is being developed by Youzu and will hopefully do the series proud.
Not too much is known about it at the moment. According to Abacus News, Winter is Coming will be a war strategy game in which players can trundle about, interacting with characters from different Houses across Westeros.
Since Youzu signed a deal with Warner Bros last year there shouldn't be any limitations regarding what can or can't be used. However, the show that airs in China is incredibly censored. A good chunk of the violence and all of the nudity has been stripped out, leaving a lot of folks wanting.
Granted, I could've done without watching you-know-who's skull being squashed like an over-ripe mango, but I'm not sure how this game will go.
With Tencent on board it should be good quality, but my hesitance sits in a couple of areas: censorship and monetisation. Especially monetisation. It'll likely be free to play, but since it's a war strategy game (and after PUBG Mobile just introduced its 'pay to get ahead'-style update), I really hope we won't have to worry about pay to win scenarios.
We'll be keeping a close eye on this one. Personally I reckon the best time to release the game would be just before Game of Throne's final season in 2019, but we'll keep you updated.