Telltale Games has set the bar very high when it comes to compelling narratives in video games. The developer has been lauded for its excellent storytelling ability, bringing nuanced characters and emotional strength to its episodic titles. Most recently, Telltale Games completed its work on the first season of The Wolf Among Us, leaving us with plenty to discuss about the game’s ending.
It says a lot about the developer’s skill that the games themselves rival – and potentially even improve upon – the franchises on which they are based. Other than Bill Willingham’s Fables comics, on which The Wolf Among Us is based, Telltale has gained praise for The Walking Dead. The episodic series has already had a third season green lit after plaudits and awards aplenty for seasons one and two.
It’s not only comics that Telltale Games has turned its eye to, though. Alongside the upcoming Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale has been working on a video game adaptation of Game of Thrones. It’s an ambitious move, with the series loved for its complex story, full of alliances and betrayals. To help bring their adaptation to light, Telltale Games has brought in another writer to their talented team.
Joshua Rubin, known for his work on Assassin’s Creed 2, has revealed that he is leaving Bungie to join Telltale Games. The industry veteran has served as a lead writer for Visceral and Capcom, and most recently spent two years writing the story for Bungie’s Destiny. He leaves to join Telltale on its Game of Thrones project, which is set to begin launching episodes at the end of 2014.
Rubin spoke about his move on Twitter, and praised the TV show’s writers, David Benioff and Daniel Weiss. “Benioff and Weiss have set an incredibly high standard for writing,” said Rubin. “I’m inspired by their work every season. I’m gonna have to up my game!” He also revealed that he was a “massive fan” of HBO’s show.
The writer gave more details about his reason to move to Gamasutra. Although Rubin was happy with his time at Bungie, and the story of Destiny, he wanted a new challenge, stating that “in the end, Bungie makes games about shooting aliens in the head.” Rubin continued to say that he “couldn’t turn down an offer from Telltale, to create games that are entirely about story.”
It’s certainly going to be a challenge. Although the story for Telltale’s Game of Thrones is already long into development, there will still be plenty of work to do before the first episode launches. The title was announced in December of 2013, and the deal with HBO is said to be a multi-year, multi-title partnership. Not much is known about the game’s story as-of-yet, but apparently it is set to run alongside the events of the TV series.
Game of Thrones does not have a set release date, but is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2014.