It’s hard to imagine a better pairing than HBO’s gripping, tense historical fantasy series Game of Thrones and the “choice and consequence” storytelling style of Telltale Games. The first episode of Telltale’s new series (and the second attempt at turning Game of Thrones into a video game) proved that the studio has already mastered the art of leaving people first completely stunned and then extremely angry at the outcome of certain events. Good job, Telltale.
Telltale has earned something of a reputation in the past for leaving its players hanging for months on end as they wait for the next chapter, but fortunately it looks like Game of Thrones is going to have a pretty regular release schedule. The studio today announced that the second episode of Game of Thrones, ‘The Lost Lords’, will arrive on PC, PS3, PS4 and Mac and February 3rd, on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 4th and on Android and iOS devices on February 5th.
The news was accompanied by an official synopsis for ‘The Lost Lords’ along with a new trailer, though only about a third of the trailer is actually comprised of new footage. The rest is dedicated to a recap of events in ‘Iron From Ice’ and the accolades that the game received from critics. Game Rant was among the outlets that gave it a glowing review, and with the promise of Asher Forrester and Jon Snow entering the fray we can’t wait to see what happens next.
House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath is occupied by Whitehill soldiers. The survival of the family depends upon those who are left. Placed at King’s Landing, the epicenter of intrigue, Mira Forrester must weigh her loyalty to Margaery Tyrell against the needs of her family, while choosing how to play the political games of Tyrion Lannister. One misstep could spell doom for Mira and her entire family.
To the far north, Gared Tuttle finds that the wall and its crows hold little love for a squire from the Wolfswood, but finds kinship in the bastard son of Ned Stark. Gared must prove worthy of becoming a ranger in order to carry out the mission given him; one that is vital to the future of those he serves.
To the east, Asher Forrester, the exiled son, is called back to Westeros to aid his family, but how can one man help when the Boltons rule the north with an iron fist? Meanwhile, an unexpected source of hope returns to the Forresters, but Ironrath is no place for the weak.
Probably the most interesting part of the synopsis is the reference to an “unexpected source of hope” that returns to Ironrath. Given that the episode title mentions ‘The Lost Lords’ (plural), it’s possible that Rodrik Forrester survived his somewhat ambiguous death-by-falling-horse and managed to crawl back home, since his being injured would also explain the line, “no place for the weak.”
With the Forresters at the mercy of Whitehill soldiers, players will have to make a decision as to whether Mira should use her position in King’s Landing to pull off a very risky deal that could save her family or doom them. There’s also the mystery of the North Grove, a secret so important that Gared was instructed not to tell it to Lady Forrester or the new Lord of Ironrath in the first episode. What is the North Grove, and could it help to save the family?
Game of Thrones episode 2, ‘The Lost Lords’, will release on PC, PS3, PS4 and Mac and February 3rd, 2015, on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 4th and on Android and iOS devices on February 5th.
Source: Telltale Games