Daedalic Entertainment has announced that its upcoming adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel The Pillars of the Earth will release in summer 2017.

Ken Follett’s: The Pillars of the Earth will be a 2D point-and-click adventure that tells of the events surrounding the building of the fictional Kingsbridge Cathedral in medieval England. Like the novel, the game will bring together a broad array of characters in a narrative filled with intrigue and political machinations.

Three characters will share the spotlight in the game: Jack, a stonemason’s apprentice and architect; Aliena, a capable young noblewoman; and Philip, the Prior of Kingsbridge.

The game’s synopsis, available on its official site, introduces these both these characters and their adversaries, the Bishops Waleran and Wiliam, but fails to fully capture the vast scope of Follett’s book, however, those omissions may be intentional as the game is billed as an interactive retelling of the original story, rather than a straight adaptation.

Late last year, the developers offered a first look at the game in a brief teaser trailer that showed off the fantastic artistic direction, which effectively blends straightforward character design with intricate environmental detail.

The developers are reportedly working alongside Follett to ensure that the game maintains the quality and essence of its source material.

For those unfamiliar with the novel, it was published in 1989, the first entry in an ongoing series that spans hundreds of years. The book was adapted into a well-received television miniseries in 2010, starring Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell, and Ian McShane.

Originally announced back in 2014, Ken Follett’s: The Pillars of the Earth is expected to tie in with the release of the third novel in the series, titled A Column of Fire. The game will be available for Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year.

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