Ken Follett's best-selling novel Pillars of the Earth novel is to be turned into an adventure game by Daedalic Entertainment.
The game is planned for release in 2017 for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4 and iOS.
Pillars of the Earth will be the first official Ken Follett video game and intends to launch simultaneously with his third Kingsbridge novel.
"I'm thrilled that The Pillars of the Earth - which is probably my most famous book - is going to be turned into a computer game by Daedalic, now part of the Lübbe organisation. I believe this will bring my work to the attention of a new generation of readers. I've been working with Bastei Lübbe, and with the Lübbe-family, for 35 years now. It has been a most congenial partnership, and a very successful one. So I'm very happy that our association is being continued in these exciting ways," said Ken Follett.
"We are very aware of and feeling the responsibility that comes along with this project: The Pillars of the Earth is one of world literature's most-read and best-selling books, and comes with a large and long-lasting base of millions of fans. To meet their high expectations of our game will be a tremendous challenge - but one we are very eager to face." added Carsten Fichtelmann, founder and CEO of Daedalic Entertainment. "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. We are very happy and feel extremely honoured that our work is being acknowledged by one of the world's best-selling authors, and to be allowed to take his work into interactivity."
The Pillars of the Earth is set in medieval England, in the fictitious town of Kingsbridge. The novel traces the development and disputes between clergy, nobility and the simple people, suffering from exploitation. Some may also recognise the name from the 2010 TV series starring Ian McShane.
Source: Daedalic Entertainment