Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin Thinks The Winds of Winter Release Date Could Be in 2017

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“Not done yet, but I’ve made progress.”

The wait for the sixth A Song of Ice and Fire novel continues, and George R.R. Martin is starting off the new year with an update — however slim — about the potential release window for The Winds of Winter.

Martin responded on his LiveJournal blog to a fan who pitched for a status update on the forthcoming Game of Thrones novel after the fan made the argument that there hasn’t been any news on the project since January 2016. That update was when Martin revealed Winds wouldn’t be out before Game of Thrones: Season 6.

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“You really think statements like that would make a difference? Ah, you sweet summer child. I have years of experience with this that tells me otherwise. But okay, I will try it your way,” Martin wrote back.

As for the update: “Not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now. I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).”

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Martin revealed in his 2016 update that he had expected to be done with The Winds of Winter by the time Season 6 premiered in April — in fact, he had expected to be done with the book by October 2015. When it became clear that wouldn’t be the case and he blew past multiple editor deadlines, Martin told his fans he was done setting a time frame for himself.

“I won’t make excuses. There are no excuses,” Martin wrote in the 2016 LiveJournal post. “No one else is to blame. Not my editors and publishers, not HBO, not [Game of Thrones showrunners] David [Benioff] & Dan [Weiss]. It’s on me. I tried, and I am still trying. … I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”

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At the time, Martin said he expected publisher Bantam Books would be able to release the book within three months of his finished manuscript being submitted, “if their schedules permit.”

As Martin said in his recent blog comment, he has had forward momentum on The Winds of Winter. In May 2016, he released a new sample chapter from the novel that focused on Arianne Martell, a focal character in the books who did not make the transition to the TV show.

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The Winds of Winter will be the sixth novel in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The last ASoIaF book he released, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011. His current plan is for there to be one more book after The Winds of Winter, which will be called A Dream of Spring.

Meanwhile, the Game of Thrones TV show has officially passed the plot of Martin’s published writing, and is going full steam ahead. Filming on Season 7 is nearing completion and is slated for a summer 2017 premiere date — which, for context, is several months later than previous seasons’ spring air dates. The intention is for Game of Thrones to conclude with Season 8. Martin is reportedly still in “preliminary ongoing talks” with HBO to make a Game of Thrones prequel series as well.

Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN and is doing her best to wait patiently for The Winds of Winter’s eventual release. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.

Tales of Berseria PS4 and PC Demo Now Available

Ahead of the full game’s release later this month, a demo of Tales of Berseria is now available.

The previously announced demo is out now on both PS4 and PC, the two platforms it’s releasing for outside of Japan (where it’s also on PS3). This should give you a taste of what the RPG is all about and–in the case of the PC version–let you see how it runs on your computer. That said, it’s system requirements are not especially demanding.

Tales of Berseria PS4 and PC Demo Now Available

Here’s how Bandai Namco sets up the premise of the game: “In Tales of Berseria, players embark on a journey of self-discovery as they assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once kind demeanor has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within Tales of Berseria. Velvet will join a crew of pirates as they sail across the sea and visit the many islands that make up the sacred kingdom of Midgand in an all-new adventure developed by the celebrated team behind the Tales of series.

“Veteran Tales of character designer Mutsumi Inomata has personally designed Velvet and famous Japanese animation studio, Ufotable, returns to animate the game’s breathtaking cutscenes delivering truly epic and emotional storytelling in their unique style.”

You can grab the two versions of the demo through the Steam and PlayStation Store links below:

Tales of Berseria launches for PS4 on January 24 in North America and January 27 in Europe, with a worldwide release of the PC version also coming on January 27.

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Vikings: Ragnar’s Sons Plot Revenge

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Ivar and Ubbe demand justice.

Ragnar’s sons have a lot to contend with these days. Not only will they be compelled to set sail and seek revenge on King Aella, but four out of five of them also recently lost their mother to Lagertha. That’s a lot of avenging to do!

We’ve got an exclusive clip from this week’s new episode, “The Great Army” — airing Wednesday, January 11th — featuring two of Queen Aslaug’s bitter boys, Ivar (Alex Høgh) and Ubbe (Jordan Smith). In this scene, you’ll see that, as the Seer foretold, Lagertha’s days might be numbered. Which makes you wonder what Bjorn will think about all this.

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The official synopsis for “The Great Army” reads:

A great Viking army assembles at Kattegat, while Lagertha remains vigilant in the absence of Bjorn.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

For Honor Closed Beta Start Date Announced

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The fun begins on January 26.

The closed beta for Ubisoft’s upcoming melee-focused action game For Honor will kick off on January 26 and run until January 29.

The beta will be available for those on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can sign up to participate in the beta here.

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Alongside the closed beta, Ubisoft will hold an event called War of the Factions, which will run for a limited time and track multiplayer activity across all three platforms during the beta. Participants will receive rewards, with the winning faction receiving additional bonuses.

Additionally, all who participate in the closed beta will be able to receive rewards, which will transfer over to the final version of the game, as will any rewards received during War of the Factions.

For Honor releases for PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 14. For more on Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming action game, check out IGN’s hands-on multiplayer impressions, and then read our thoughts on For Honor’s “tough as nails” campaign.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube.

Another Excellent Humble Bundle Is Now Available

Humble has rolled out yet another bundle of high-quality games, this one dubbed the Overwhelmingly Positive bundle.

Games with an extremely high percentage of positive user reviews on Steam are labeled on the store as having an “overwhelmingly positive” response. This bundle consists exclusively of games with that distinction. It includes such first-rate games as N++ and Day of the Tentacle Remastered, among others.

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Paying $10 or more gets you everything in the bundle. That’s currently a total of seven games, but more will be added to it next week. Anyone who beats the average sale price (currently $6.30) will also receive those extra games once they’re announced.

Here’s how the bundle looks now:

Pay what you want ($1 for Steam keys):

Beat the average:

Pay $10 or more:

If you aren’t already a Humble Monthly subscriber, buying this bundle also gets you 10 percent off one month of the service. That’s particularly notable right now, as subscribing before the February mystery box arrives guarantees you a copy of XCOM 2 for just $12 (or $10.80 with the discount).

As always, some or all of your money can be sent to a charity of your choice. The promoted charity this time around is Direct Relief, a nonprofit group that helps to provide medical relief around the world.

The Overwhelming Positive bundle is available until 11 AM PT on January 24.

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