Not to be confused with A Game of Thrones: Genesis, the strategy game developed by Cyanide Studios, Game of Thrones is an upcoming story-based RPG currently in production at Cyanide Studios. Get it? I sure hope so, because that last sentence proves that I know a great deal more about the franchise rights held by Cyanide Studios than I do about the works of George R. R. Martin.
Mechanically, though, the RPG one has a couple things going for it. First, instead of halting the action completely, bringing up a menu to issue orders during combat merely slows time to a crawl. The Freedom Force games offered that option to great effect, keeping things manageable without letting dawdlers off the hook.
Secondly, though there are only two playable characters, they each have different class choices with discrete skill trees for players to customize as they see fit. Toss in the potential of multiclassing, and this is starting to sound like my style of combat RPG!
Game of Thrones is scheduled for release for the PC, 360, and PS3 on May 15th.