Titled First Banner of the Rising Sun, the game will be a tactical RPG designed to run on smartphones and tablet computers using Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system software. Exploring the back stories of the published novels, the game will chronicle the desperate days of the Aiel War, when a ragtag unit of old soldiers and stable boys was pressed into action to defend the people of Cairhein from the onslaught of a savage invading army. Players will take command of these soldiers and lead them into battle against an army comprised of the greatest warriors in the world.
Game publisher Red Eagle Games plans to publish a series of video games based on The Wheel of Time on all major platforms.
Jet Set Games was founded in 2008 by Brett Sperry and Rade Stojsavljevic, veterans of the game industry whose earlier work at Westwood Studios and Electronic Arts defined real-time strategy gameplay with favorites like the Command & Conquer series, Blade Runner and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. Jet Set Games' recent work includes Highborn, the critically acclaimed turn-based strategy game for iOS and Android devices.
"The leadership of Jet Set Games brings decades of experience in creating successful strategy and role-playing experiences to the fast-growing markets for mobile and social games," said Rick Selvage, chief executive officer of Red Eagle Games. "Ardent fans of the series will soon be able to experience The Wheel of Time in an entirely new way-by playing a mobile game built by a team that is equally passionate about Robert Jordan's work."
"We are pleased to have been selected to help Red Eagle Games develop its first mobile game based on one of world's great fantasy epics," said Rade Stojsavljevic, president of Jet Set Games. "We intend to give mobile players a thrilling adventure taking place against the backdrop of monumental events that are critical to shaping the history of Robert Jordan's world."
The details of Jordan's meticulously crafted series have captivated readers since 1990, when The Eye of the World, the first book in the series, was published. Twelve full-length novels and a prequel have since been added to the series and have consistently appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with the last six books in the series debuting at No. 1. Jordan passed away in 2007, but the series is being completed in three novels that are being co-authored by fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson using notes, audio recordings and draft materials left with Jordan's wife and editor, Harriet Rigney. The epic story will reach its long-awaited climax on January 8, 2013, when final installment in the series, A Memory of Light, will be released by Tor Books.