Game of Thrones Ascent charges into open beta on Facebook

Game of Thrones Ascent
Game of Thrones Ascent

Winter is ... well, winter is here. And so is the Game of Thrones Facebook game. Developer Disruptor Beam has initiated the open beta test for Game of Thrones Ascent, its story-driven social strategy game. Available now to the public, Game of Thrones Ascent focuses on player interaction through the political upheaval, strategy and intrigue that the series of novels is known for.

After a brief time with Ascent in its closed beta test, this editor can say that fans of the series will be pleased by the Facebook game's attention to detail and focus on high production values through smooth animations and tons of vibrant concept art. Players are tasked with lording over their own house, pledging allegiance to one of the five major houses from the series.

From there, you can take the path of battle, intrigue or trade to become one of the most power nobles in Westeros. As a noble, it will rarely be your character getting his or her hands dirty, but a squad of sworn swords that will roam the land in your name however you see fit. At times, that you will clash with fellow players in your way to power.

That said, don't expect the action-packed battle scenes you're used to from the hit HBO TV series. In that regard, perhaps Ascent is more for fans of the novels than the show. For what it's worth, Disruptor Beam deserves major props for catering to the purists, the fans who knew what A Song of Ice and Fire was before HBO had everyone saying "Game of Thrones." Even if you're not that type of fan, Game of Thrones Ascent is certainly worth checking out.

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