In addition to the unexpected, and admittedly peculiar, announcement of Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale Games had yet another reveal for the Spike VGX 2013 – one that was less unexpected, but arguably more exciting. The rumors were true and now it’s official: Telltale Games is working on a Game of Thrones title.
A brief trailer accompanied the announcement, but the most important thing to note about this game is that it will be a companion for Game of Thrones the HBO series not George R.R. Martin’s novels. Obviously, the series is, itself, based on Martin’s work, but it’s important to make that distinction.
As far as what gamers can expect, Telltale Games didn’t say much, only that this game will be a “new chapter,” suggesting that, like The Walking Dead, this Game of Thrones title will exist in the same world but follow new characters. We wouldn’t be surprised if a few familiar faces made an appearance, but it’s too early to tell at this point.
Also like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones seems to be the perfect property for Telltale to take on. From the political intrigue to the epic battles, Game of Thrones offers a wide variety of experiences from which Telltale could draw on for potential storylines, and most importantly it’s a franchise that embraces killing off key characters.
On the flip side, those fans who are worried about Telltale taking on such a beloved property need look no further than The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us to see that Telltale approaches their adaptations with a great deal of reverence. Moreover, when Telltale teased their next project – presumably this Game of Thrones title – they called it a “dream IP.” You can’t get higher praise than that.
After a few missteps with Back to the Future and Jurassic Park, it appears Telltale has hit their stride thanks to the incredible success of The Walking Dead. And now, with Game of Thrones under their banner, Telltale is in control of two of the biggest brands in pop culture.
How would you like to see Telltale adapt Game of Thrones into a game? Should Telltale include characters from the books/show or should they try to tell their own story?