The launch trailer for The Pillars of the Earth will leave you shivering
And it's not just because of the game's chilly setting.
Published way back in 1989, Ken Follett's best-selling novel The Pillars of the Earth is leaving the written medium behind for a stint in the adventure-game genre. Developer Daedalic Entertainment, known for its pedigree of point-and-click adventure games like Deponia and The Whispered World, is bringing an interactive adaptation of the historical book to PS4, Xbox One and PC in the form of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, with the first chapter of the three-part saga releasing this week.
Set in 12th century England, The Pillars of the Earth follows three distinct characters as they struggle to survive in the small, war-torn town of Kingsbridge. There's Philip, the head monk of Kingsbridge's abbey; Jack, a young boy raised as an outlaw but now apprenticing as a stonemason; and Aliena, a disgraced noblewoman rejected by her family. Together, the unlikely trio set out to bring security and stability to Kingsbridge by building one of the greatest cathedrals England has ever seen.
Of course, such a monumental mission was never going to be simple, and the three protagonists end up entwined in a tragic tale of war, romance and conspiracy that spans the course of 30 years. Intriguingly, Daedalic is promising that your choices can change the events of the book, so even if you've read Ken Follett's original novel, you can't be sure of what you're in for.
The Pillars of the Earth is split into three 'books', with the first book set for release on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Steam on 15 August. Purchasing the game now will get you immediate access to Book One plus the following two books upon their release.