If you’re wondering where the sudden flood of ancient cinematic epics came from (read: Pompeii, Hercules, 300 et al) then look no further than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and TV’s Game of Thrones. Released within mere months of one another back in 2011, both properties quickly achieved widespread critical acclaim, and ardent fanboy followings.
The fact that both titles share a number of distinct similarities – namely dragons, demons, and a prickly north/south divide isn’t one that’s been lost on fans of either IP, with many players continuing to hope for an almighty cross-brand adventure.
That dream came one, small step closer to reality this week, with the release of Brady Wold’s long-gestating ‘Thrones’ cinematic. Replacing the familiar cityscapes of Westeros with the mighty holds of Skyrim, Wold’s vision successfully re-imagines GoT‘s opening sequence with a whistle-stop tour of Tamriel’s Nordic region.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Game of Thrones‘ iconic intro has served as inspiration for a spoof, parody or tribute, though it is among the better-looking attempts yet produced. Sadly, the video does suffer from one minor, albeit distracting detail — with a number of camera pans between cities feeling a little rushed and jumpy in places, at least when compared to the smoother scrolling of HBO’s original sequence.
Fans of the smash-hit series will also notice a distinct lack of credits — i.e. the names of GoT’s prominent cast members that are typically displayed alongside their house’s sigil. While Skyrim’s cast list doesn’t boast quite the same star power as HBO’s magnum opus – (TES: Online comes close) Wold might easily have included the names of prominent characters in their place. Of course, these are only minor gripes, with what is an otherwise hugely impressive project. To check out the full video, in all of its continent-hopping glory, hit the link above.
What do you make of this fan-made video? Should HBO consider hiring Bethesda to translate the series to software? Will Telltale Games be able to recreate its gritty source material? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest ‘video Game of Thrones‘ news, right here on Game Rant.
The first installment in Telltale’s Game of Thrones series has yet to receive an official release date.
Game of Thrones Season 4 begins Sunday, April 6 at 9pm Eastern.
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