Movie or TV tie-in games don’t elicit much enthusiasm these days, but the developers at Telltale Games have shown a knack for adapting properties – from comics to other video game franchises. That meant when Game of Thrones was announced to bring the HBO series (based on author George R. R. Martin’s books) into the realm of video games, fans could hope that the studio had what it took to do Westeros – and its many characters – justice.
Now the first trailer for Game of Thrones has arrived, confirming the return of at least some of the HBO series’ cast, and that the tone of the episodic game series will be no less tense or threatening than the source material that inspired it.
The trailer may not reveal as much as fans would like, but Telltale has shown a tendency to be brief with their initial marketing – heavy on tone, not necessarily quality. That’s to be expected when an episode packs spoilers at every turn, so with five playable characters overlapping their narratives, perhaps the decision to feature only brief looks at recognizable characters is best.
Thankfully the fans of the show won’t get to just see the likenesses (revealed in leaked screenshots) of Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Natalie Dormer’s Margaery Tyrell or Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Snow, but hear the actors supplying the voice performances as well. Those are just the first confirmed stars set to appear, but Telltale promises that more characters will appear in later episodes, as the game’s events take players from King’s Landing to The Wall as they try to save House Forrester from ruin.
House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks…The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.
The six-episode first season of Game of Thrones will center on the mentioned – but little explored – Forresters, allies to the Starks of the North and protector’s of ironwood, a valuable building material. What makes the new series intriguing to fans of Telltale as well as the TV show or novels is the addition of not one, but five playable characters. Ranging from members to servants of House Forrester, the studio confirms that – as is to be expected in Westeros – decisions made in one corner of the realm could make life harder everywhere.
Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you’re truly playing the Game of Thrones… where you win, or you die.
Players can get their first look at Ironrath when episode one of the series, “Iron From Ice” is released. A release date has yet to be announced, but the developer has promised it to arrive by the end of 2014 on all major platforms. Will you Game of Thrones fans be playing to see the events of the series (specifically those set between episode 3 and 5) from a new perspective, or simply the chance at a new Telltale episodic series?
Game of Thrones‘ first episode, “Iron From Ice” is currently without a release date.
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