If you’ve ever dreamed of standing atop the frozen Wall, scanning the horizon for wildlings or, God forbid, the White Walker horde, Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall is about to make your dreams come true. It’s a brand new gacha RPG that takes place in George R.R. Martin’s morally-bankrupt fantasy world just shy of 50 years before the events of the books and TV series.
You play as the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, and have just stepped into the boots following the mysterious disappearance of your predecessor, Brynden Rivers (AKA Bloodraven). Your job is to recruit as many new members as possible to keep the wall safe from the encroaching horde, and you’ll pull together heroes from the entire series using gacha mechanics.
But how can the likes of Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister exist decades before they were born, we hear you ask? Well, the answer, as ever, is magic. Using the power of the weirwoods and greensight, you’ll summon your favourite heroes throughout various points in their timeline. Young Jon Snow, for example, is a much more ferocious fighter than his more collected older self.
Once recruited, you can send your heroes ranging north of the Wall. There are several different modes of play:
- Weirwood forays: rewards you with rare resources
- Legendary events: allows you to recruit even more powerful heroes
- Hero arena: PvP against other players
There’s also a story mode that is entirely original and approved by HBO, which features all-new characters including First Ranger Alvar Spyre, and Mayla the Woods Witch.
You won’t always need to range beyond the wall to experience combat though, as wildlings will routinely assault you. Naturally, you’ll have to fend them off if you want to keep the seven kingdoms safe. Combat takes a leaf out of the tactical RPG handbook, so fans of the likes of Fire Emblem, XCOM, or Warhammer Quest will feel right at home. Battles take place on a grid and you and the enemy will take it in turns to unleash attacks. Defeat all of the enemies and you’ll win. You’ll lose if the reverse happens.
If you encounter a particularly difficult patch of combat, you might need to grind (like in a classic JRPG) to increase your character’s levels, upgrade their abilities, and their equipment. Each character has traits and abilities that you can power-up using rewards you’ll earn in combat. Of course, you can also just send ravens beyond the wall to collect stuff that you need.
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall is available right now on iOS and Android, and you can grab it from the App Store and Google Play respectively. To learn more, you can check out the official site or get the first word on future updates by following Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media pages.