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Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time Books Turn To Video Games

If the names Rand, Matt, Perrin, Moirraine, and Lan mean anything to you, you've read Robert Jordan's widely esteemed and hugely popular "Wheel of Time" fantasy series. Arguably the modern J.R.R. Tolkien, Jordan's deep and lengthy books will soon make the jump into the video game realm.

Red Eagle Games has announced that in addition to a feature film, they will produce a stand-alone set of Wheel of Time games for all major platforms (consoles, PC and wireless devices) plus a MMORPG that offers the sweeping world of the Dragon Reborn in online multiplayer form. If you're unfamiliar, Jordan's first book in the series, "The Eye of the World," released in 1990 and immediately captivated fantasy fans. Since then, 11 books have been added to the growing series; they've typically popped up on the New York Times bestseller list, and the last 4 books debuted at #1. Sadly, Jordan passed away in 2007 at the age of 58, but one last book will be finished by fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson. He'll use Jordan's notes and a partial draft to finish things off with "A Memory of Light," which should hit book shelves next fall. All told, the "Wheel of Time" series has sold over 44 million copies worldwide. Said Rick Selvage, chairman and president of Red Eagle Entertainment:

"There are few properties as well-loved and influential as Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The Wheel of Time books have captured the imagination of millions of readers around the world, and we expect our interactive recreations of Jordan's complex universe to garner a similar level of devotion and enthusiasm."

When early details first become available, we'll be sure to fill you in.

11/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 1:33:18 PM
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Btw, this is my all-time favorite fantasy series, so I was very happy to see this...even though I have no illusions as to the ultimate quality of these games. Heh.

If I still read fantasy, I'd probably try to re-read all these.

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Joe_III
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 3:02:41 PM

Ditto, I still read this series twice a year...I think I've worn out each volume at least twice...

Although, I must say I'm kind of unhappy about who they picked to write the last book or two since Jordan died. (also kind of interesting that this wasn't announced until he died. His kids needing some cash? lol)

Hopefully the games will be interesting, although they definitely shouldn't all be in the same genre...

The early books should be action/survival games and the later ones should definitely be RTS games...Or maybe they can do what Koei did with Romance of the Three Kingdoms: make two seperate series out of them.

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CH1N00K
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 5:18:32 PM

I Agree, this is exciting news, I just hope they don't make the game too drawn out.. There were a few times in the series that I felt that it should have ended after book six..it should have just ended with....And Rand killed the Dark One...the end..lol..or something like that.

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Deleted User
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 7:28:02 AM

NERDS

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GoldenShadow
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 1:45:05 PM
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Finally, I have been waiting for this for a long time. I am a huge fan of his books, it is my favorite series, with the possible exception of The Sword Of Truth Series. It makes me very happy to see Rigney's legacy being made into a video game series.

R.I.P. James Rigney


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coverton341
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 1:59:24 PM
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I thought Robert Jordan wrote this series

Anyway i wish they would make a "Dark Tower" series of games that did the series justice

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Deleted User
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 7:29:40 AM

he did fool. read it again

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HUSO
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 2:01:41 PM
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wow this is great news. i was waiting atleast for a movie of the series for a long time. a game just sounds awesome. i see a great opportunity for Co-op, but :( if its a movie game tie-in, i doubt the quality of the game.

so thts y the last book ain't out yet. i've been checking the bookshop regularly for tht one :P atleast Robert Jordan is at peace now with no more suffering

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Joe_III
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 3:06:20 PM

Yeah, when I found out he died last year before putting out A Memoriy of Light, I cried for like 2 hours...

I also heard that it might have to be split into 2 volumes...

But Brandon Sanderson? I had never heard of him before they put his name in the release of him taking over. I haven't read the trilogy he's in the middle of, but I read Elantris, and while that was an interesting world, the book wasn't all that great...

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javon_27
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 2:37:45 PM
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well apparently, according to google, Robert Jordan was James Rigney's pen name. Very much like Mark Twain was a pen name to Samuel Clemens.

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coverton341
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 2:57:22 PM

ah just goes to show how much I keep up on that type of literature I suppose

My apologizes

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Geobaldi
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 5:17:57 PM
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Great news. We can only hope that the movies will do the books justice. I'm not really keen on games based on books or movies but who knows, maybe they can surprise us with these. Now if only they would make some movies about Terry Brooks' Shannara series.

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CH1N00K
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 5:21:59 PM

I agree, or turn George R.R. Martins game of thrones series into a RTS. There's already a risk type board game out for it. why not a video game?

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LightShow
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 7:19:23 PM
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Do it right, is all I have to say.

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MetalHead09
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 9:04:03 PM
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wow i must appologize but i have never heard of anything that you guys are talking about. heck the only books ive read lately are religious books like mere christianity or knowing god cause im doing a class in international seminary. the last story book i read was battlefield earth, i love that book. the movie was sorry to say trash.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 10:02:33 PM
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Wow, epic fail, how did this series not get on my radar? Guess I'm off to the bookstore.

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GamerKid123
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 12:19:06 PM
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This just gave my mum and me something else to talk about, we both read those books.
Don't think i'll be playing it though.

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Hubley
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 7:24:08 PM
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nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i am going to cry. this is brutal. I love these books and not only are the going to butcher them with a movie, they are also going to ruin it with a video game. This is a sad day. RIP Robert Jordan

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Jerdy
Sunday, November 16, 2008 @ 4:06:50 PM
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A game had already been made called wheel of time check game faqs if you don't believe. I played it and it was CRAP.

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