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Will the 'Game of Thrones' game live up to the books, TV show?

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If you're one of the many many people who's been enjoying the hit "Game of Thrones" HBO series, then you know you're in for a dry spell, what with Season 1 having ended and Season 2 not starting up until next spring.

Of course, true fans of the series know that it's based on the best-selling "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series from author George R.R. Martin and they are happily filling the void between seasons by reading "A Dance with Dragons," the just-released and very-long-awaited book number five in the saga. (Which, by the way, has been flying off shelves.)

But if you just can't get enough of the world Martin has created and are looking for even more fodder to feed your medieval longings, then check out the new screenshots we have below from the forthcoming PC game based on the book series.

"A Game of Thrones - Genesis" is a real-time strategy game developed by French developer Cyanide Studio and is due to launch later this summer on a date yet-to-be specified. It's described by its creators thusly:

"A Game of Thrones - Genesis" immerses you into the heart of the battles and intrigues between the Houses that shaped the Kingdom of Westeros. Live the origins of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga through more than 1000 years of History, and take part in Westeros' founding events and largest battles such as Aegon the Conqueror's invasion on the continent or the War of the Usurper.

In this great strategy game, victory does not necessarily result from brute force. You can choose to use a military approach and besiege your opponents, strangle them in an economical war, or even use dirty tricks and diplomacy to politically crush them.

But will the game live up to the much-loved books and TV series, or is it simply being pushed out there to capitalize on the growing "Game of Thrones" craze (as some skeptical fans fear)? Certainly this teaser trailer doesn't give us much to wrap our heads around:  


But the good news is the single player campaign was reportedly written under the guidance of the author Martin himself. And the game will offer a multiplayer option in which "up to 8 players confront each others to claim the Iron Throne in intense games where alliances, betrayals, cheap shots, and pitched battles take place!"

You can read more about the game at the official website here. And when you need a break from the epic 1040-page fantasy extravangaza that is "A Dance With Dragons," peruse the following four newly released screen shots and see if they make you want to take this adventure to your PC.

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