If you are a fan of the HBO blockbuster Game of Thrones, you have often speculated on an alternate timeline where characters take different decisions. For example, how would the story proceed if Jon Snow wasn’t resurrected by the Red Women, or Petyr Baelish never got killed in the first place? Such ideas are usually discussed by fans over late-night drinks. However, thanks to the Indie game Reigns, you can now play out such an alternate timeline. Yes, Reign’s third title focusses on the mysterious world of Westeros and lets you, the player, form your own storyline by taking decisions during the course of the game.
Developed by Nerial and Devolver Digital, Reigns has found a strong foothold among Indie games since the launch of its first title in 2016. The gameplay revolves around the decision-making ability of a player. At the beginning of the game, a player is granted absolute power over a kingdom. However, each step of the game asks him to take a decision about daily occurrences in the kingdom. The player has two choices in the decision-making process – and can take them by a simple right or left swipe on the game interface.
Each decision has an influence over the power held by certain factions in the kingdom. The trick is to balance the power of each faction, with one becoming too powerful can overturn you and take over the kingdom. At the end of the day, the choices that you make might come down to haunt you in the future – so make them carefully.
After announcing a partnership with HBO, Reigns: Game of Thrones is set to release in October 2018 – for iOS, Android, and PC. Game of Thrones, based on the novel, ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ by R. R. Martin, has captivated audiences for eight seasons with its unexpected twists and turns. The game is set to incorporate the core mechanics and gameplay of Reigns into the world of Westeros, fueled by political intrigue and unstable power structure. A user can choose one of the nine characters to sit on the Iron Throne and rule the kingdom. Like the books and the movie, complications will arise in the land, which you, as the ruler, have to solve. Your choice determines how the kingdom is run and which factions gain power while which loses. Balancing power is critical for you to hold on to the Iron Throne.
In contrary to the first two installments of Reigns, the Game of Thrones version will allow a user to branch off on a side storyline. The small change will give the user the opportunity to progress the story. At the end of the day, every decision in every journey will determine the future of Westeros.
So, as a Game of Thrones fan, if you have wondered how the scenario plays out if Tyrion Lannister ruled over Westeros – the game gives you the unique opportunity to feed your imagination. By taking decisions that enable you to hold on to maximum power, you can sure rule Westeros for as long as possible.