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Daedalic to develop first official Ken Follett game

Adventure-loving fans of Ken Follett can rejoice twice today with the news that not only is Follett writing a new novel in his popular Kingsbridge series, but an adventure game based on his first, The Pillars of the Earth, will be developed by Daedalic Entertainment to coincide with the new book's release.

Ken Follett

While no specific details about the game have yet been revealed, Follett's original novel (published in 1989) is set in the 12th century in the fictitious town of Kingsbridge, South England. It is a "time of brutal conflicts between nobility, clergy and the simple people, suffering from exploitation and famine. Philip, the young prior of Kingsbridge, dreams of building a cathedral. He, Tom, the master builder, his stepson Jack and the smart Aliena, daughter of the earl, will have to fight for life and death against their enemies before their dream can become true and the pillars of the earth will start to grow towards heaven…"

The as-yet-unnamed adventure will mark the first officially licensed Ken Follett videogame, and Daedalic's founder and CEO Carsten Fichtelmann believes that, "Together with Bastei Lübbe and Ken Follett we determined that the genre of adventure games is the best and most suitable way to adapt and express the substantial depth of such a historical novel. Adventure games are interactive literature, and we at Daedalic dedicated ourselves to the perfection of this genre’s playing experience."

The only downside to today's news is that there's a long time to wait. With Follett's novel not slated to be released until fall 2017, we'll have to wait until then for the game as well. When it does arrive, it will be launched across multiple platforms, including PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and iOS devices.

Details on The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett’s)

Adventure games by Daedalic Entertainment

Pillars of the Earth (Series)

Pillars of the Earth (Series) 2018

Set around the building of a cathedral in medieval England, in the fictitious town of Kingsbridge, the historical tale traces the development and disputes between clergy, nobility and the simple people, suffering from exploitation.

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State of Mind  2018

Richard Nolan is a father and journalist from Berlin who discovers that he and his wife and son have been subjects to mind uploads.

Deponia (Series)

Deponia (Series) 2016

The flying city of Elysium has fallen, hideous Fewlocks inhabit the junk planet Deponia and Rufus is apparently the sole (human) survivor.

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The Whispered World (Series)

The Whispered World (Series) 2016

Noah is a teenager who lost his little sister Renie in the hazardous real world and now hopes to find her again in Silence, a world of dreams.

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Anna’s Quest (Series)

Anna’s Quest (Series) 2015

A brave young girl named Anna lives a peaceful life with her grandfather until a mysterious illness befalls him.

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Fire  2015

Ungh was supposed to watch over his tribe’s fireplace during the night.

1954: Alcatraz  2014

Joe was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for armed robbery, and he is eager to break out of “The Rock”.

The Dark Eye (Series)

The Dark Eye (Series) 2013

Princess Sadja of the faraway-land of Fasar once ventured into war to fight demons in the Gorian Desert.

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Night of the Rabbit,The  2013

A new fantasy adventure from the creators of A Whispered World and The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav.
Edna & Harvey (Series)

Edna & Harvey (Series) 2012

Lilli, a young girl at a convent school, seems like the best-behaved little girl in the world, with an innocent, imperturbable way of carrying out the orders of others, no matter how unfair they may be.

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The Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet  2011

Help Romeo and Juliet find a way into each other’s arms and experience the greatest love story of all time! Meet the young William Shakespeare long before he became the greatest playwright in history.

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A New Beginning  2011

Eco-thriller taking place in a post-apocalyptic world affected by climate change.

The Devil’s Men

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