I love this game, and I am looking forward to buying every update for it.
Today I was reading about their proposed "chapter pack" DLC plans and it dawned on me ....
Romance mode already has the look and feel of a certain book and TV series ... it's in the little things. The interplay between characters. Retinues instead of standing armies. Treachery and backstabbing. Political intrigue. Alliances and coalitions, which rise and fall and come apart and reform again ... major characters capable of great feats of valour.
And now chapter packs, letting you pick up the story at different points.
It all sounds very familiar to me ... it's a lot like a certain modification for Crusader Kings II ... the Westeros one.
Once Warhammer wraps up, it is the obvious choice for the next fantasy title.
In short, are we getting hints that the Thrones franchise is going to get the game it deserves? Only CA and Total War can pull this off, and everyone knows it. The worry always was that the games have always focussed on empire building rather than character interaction. That has changed radically with this game.
I'm reading Fire And Blood right now, about the Targaryen dynasty, and that story alone lends itself to a dozen chapter packs. The Blackfyre rebellion, the Iron Islands going up against Robert Baratheon, Robert's own war ... Westerosi history is teeming with various campaigns that would make excellent games.
On top of that, every region is split into individual Houses, and these too war and fall out and rise and fall. There would be no end of scope for a Westeros Total War ... it would be phenomenal and now all the infrastructure is in place. All the necessary elements are in the games already, from the Chaos invasions which could perfectly mimick the White Walkers attacks, to the inclusion of dragons, giants, magic and everything else ... we might even see some of the elements which have been teased in the books but never made it onto the show like the ice-spiders and the wolf packs roaming the woods and attacking soldiers from the various armies. Just the idea of going the Brotherhood Without Banners makes me smile.
Only CA can give this franchise the game it deserves, I cannot say that enough times.
If they aren't already pitching this and trying for it, I'll be amazed, I really will be.