Game of Thrones: Conquest is what Turbine does now

    
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Just in case you were unclear.

So… Turbine. You remember Turbine, right? Used to run some games before the company spun off the MMOs to Standing Stone Games and shuttered the Asheron’s Call titles? What’s going on with that company? Is everything doing all right? Let’s have a peek.

Oh, you’re apparently making mobile spinoff-games based on television shows, that’s what’s happening now. Yes, Turbine has announced Game of Thrones: Conquest, and you are entirely permitted to pour out a drink for the changes in the company. It turns out that letting all of the studio’s MMO people go and focusing wholly on mobile has not produced games of greater interest to the studio’s previous fanbase (i.e. MMO players).

Of course, if you’re a big fan of Game of Thrones, you might be more interested in the idea that you can found your own house, distribute resources, fight people, and so forth. This is all probably why you came to the party. Whether or not you also came for the game’s request to pre-register for various items (which the site proclaims will be a $50 value, thus all but ensuring that it’ll have the expected predatory mobile microtransactions) is another matter. But for anyone who remembers what Turbine used to make, it’s a sad part of the story. And if you fall into both camps… well, we don’t know what to tell you except that this exists.

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Marina

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Anthony Clark

Mobile only. Pass.

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Melissa McDonald

Personally I don’t think Westeros is a great place for an MMO. It’s too much adult soap opera, too little fantasy to make a good “vidja game” (Say it like Hank Hill).

I suppose if you want some kind of PvP “realm vs realm”, “guild vs guild” kind of thing where each great Family fights each other it could be interesting, if you’re into PvP. But the game devs should frequently shift the alliances to keep people on their toes ;)

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Oleg Chebeneev

There is plenty of background and lore, and big world to explore. No need to drag soup opera from TV show into the game. Could be great Skyrim-type MMO if done right

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Jeff

I miss Asehrons Call……I miss when MMORPG’s weren’t boring pieces of dung.

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Mewmew

The pre-registration page is up on Google Play, there is more info there than the website, and actual screenshots.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wb.goog.got.conquest

It’s exactly what you’re thinking. A pay to win PvP “strategy” game of the type we’ve seen at least 50 of before. The kind that started on Browser games years ago, shallow and basically about who can spend more money. You can’t just play these peacefully, other people will steal your stuff constantly and beat you down if you try, and the top spender always is the winner in these games. The only difference is they slapped a Game of Thrones theme on this one.

A lot of people release these type of games all the time. They often will license a popular property now to throw on them to try to stand out a bit but they’re all the same shallow game underneath. The only “strategy” is who can spend more money, that’s really it. It’s about long wait times for building, constant offers of spending to make the game tolerable and win.

Look at the Google page. It’s there to see and this really is what the game is. Is anybody surprised?

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tvsbrent

Just throwing in a personal observation.

I worked at Turbine for 13 years, on AC1, AC2, LOTRO and lastly Infinite Crisis. In fact, I’m currently wearing a hoodie they gave away during the swag “fire sale” they had when the game was shut down. I was laid off a couple of years ago when IC was shutdown. (I’m partly to blame for the game’s whole Multiverse concept… sorry about that.)

I still keep in contact with some of the folks there, some who have been there for about 20 years. Those that were laid off and those still there (that I know) are a great bunch of people. I think many still there would prefer to be making just about anything else, but, as they say, “you get what you get, and you don’t get upset.” It wouldn’t be honest, though, to blame Turbine’s current situation on just “the suits”. There were plenty of missteps and poor leadership within the company that led to the current state as well.

Having said that, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss working at Turbine. However, in my case, it was a long overdue to move, a move that led me out of games. I make more money now, I have more time for my family and I spend a lot of my time volunteering.

…and yet I miss it.

(Well, that was a rather maudlin start to my day. Thanks Internet!)

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Bhima Jenkins

Your last paragraph seems to be indicative to this industry which is sad to me. The pay for amount of work/complexity of work is very low… and its low because making games is just one huge gamble unless you are Blizzard.

Glad you landed on your feet and have time for the fam!

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Bol Daer

I could easily have mistaken https://gotconquest.com/ for a scam site by just the looks of it.

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Delphos

Its very sad to see the once great Turbine falling so low. RIP.

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Melissa McDonald

or the once-great Western MMO market falling so low….

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Oleg Chebeneev

Its funny how people bash Turbine having zero clue what the game is about.

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Andrew Ross

I’ve looked it over and already prefer Disrupter Beam’s Game of Thrones: Ascent, both for its art and gameplay. It’s actually what got me into the TV series.

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Nathan Aldana

Its a mobile game. that means at absolute best it’ll be kinda fun and well balanced but ultimately throwaway.

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Mewmew

That’s not exactly true. While the web page is sparse, the pre-registration page on Google Play shows screenshots and gives more info. It’s a pay to win shallow “conquest” game where the person who pays the most is able to wreck any player who doesn’t pay as much. It’s mostly about attacking other people, fighting over conquest points and directly stealing others stuff from their bases. I’ve played 20 games at least like this, and skipped another 30+ that I’ve seen that are this same type. The only difference is they slapped a Game of Thrones face on it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wb.goog.got.conquest

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ahh, didnt see that. Turbine can go to hell then.

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Melissa McDonald

I just had a vision of Crom dismissing a warrior who didn’t know the “rule of steel”. :)

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starbuck1771

Turbine going nowhere fast. They entered an already flooded genre out of sheer ignorance when they should have just stuck with MMO’s instead of buying into Warner’s bullshit. I get the feeling the rabbit will eventually sell out to the mouse. :P

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Sally Bowls

I share your skepticism of their mobile prospects. They could not make successful MMOs and the larger mobile market is more competitive and Turbine has even less expertise in it. Similar skepticism to their MOBA push. So I think them being successful in mobile is not that likely.

OTOH, I can’t see continuing to make those PC MMOs makes sense; they just weren’t worth it for a big, public company. So I would rank the alternatives as shutting Turbine down being the best financial decision, trying mobile as second, and keep-on-carry-on as worst.

I see TW/WB/WBIE going through the Disney cycle: realizing there is money to be made in gaming with their IP, trying to make games, some new aggressive MBA realizes that making games is more work and less ROI than just licensing so shut down internal development and licenses others to make the games. Then, new aggressive MBAs realize that outsourced games give up most of the revenue to the dev licensee and if they did it in-house they get to keep it all. And the cycle begins again.

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thirtymil

Brilliant assessment.

(Because this is the internet I feel compelled to point out I mean that sincerely, not sarcastically)