HBO’s Game of Thrones is about to enter its fourth glorious season. Sadly, for fans of the brand the series has yet to produce one quality gaming title. With just a single, lackluster RPG retail game already in the bag – developed by the appropriately named Cyanide Studios — the quest to claim the iron throne has so far remained a frustratingly hands-off affair. We’re not counting the Facebook-based Game of Thrones Ascent or Bigpoint’s upcoming MMORPG.
While there are a number of strong modding efforts on the go, the franchise’ licensed ambitions now rest on a second self-titled outing – this time by veteran adventure game developer Telltale Games. Having struck gold with its episodic Walking Dead saga, followed by further successes with the Fables franchise, the Californian studio seems well placed to adapt this mature, and oftentimes bloody epic.
Telltale’ CEO Dan Connors certainly thinks so. Sitting down to discuss the game with Digital Trends earlier this week, the studio head talked up the title, and even confirmed that the series would take place during the present GoT timeline. That means no prequels, and of course no sequels — hardly surprising for a literary series currently without an ending.
Discussing the focus of the title — which appears to skew away from series mainstays in favor of all-new or perhaps lesser-known characters, Connors stated:
“I think the show provides a timeline, but the world is huge. You’re talking about the politics of an entire— it’s like Europe and some other continent. There’s so much going on and it’s so rich. Every decision that King Joffrey makes impacts so many people. Any microcosm in that world people are affected by the decisions that are made — [decisions] plays out across the whole thing. […] George R.R. Martin’s work provides a huge dictionary of knowledge about what the franchise is. It’s really a dream to sit down and say, ‘What’s our space in this world? Where are we in this world?’ And the world offers you so much to explore.”
While Connors enthusiasm for the project is encouraging, it still remains to be seen just how well Telltale can translate the tone of HBO’s Game of Thrones to a new virtual environment. One of the core principles of the series has always been its gutsy willingness to kill off main characters, something a decision-based game will invariably touch upon and even alter. A shocking death might become somewhat less meaningful if you could replay said scenario to save its victim. However, this being a Game of Thrones tie-in expect most choices to end in horrific fashion. As the ever-cheery Ramsay Snow quipped to Theon Greyjoy “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
Can Telltale successfully capture the ‘Valar Morghulis’ vibe of HBO’s Game of Thrones? Which background characters and locales deserve a deeper exploration? Should any of the series mainstays appear via cameos? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to keep up with all of the latest Telltale Games news, right here on Game Rant.
The first installment of Telltale’s Game of Thrones has yet to receive an official release date.
Game of Thrones Season 4 begins Sunday, April 6 at 9pm Eastern.
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Source: Digital Trends