You win or you die in Telltale Games’ just announced episodic adventure game series based on the runaway hit- Game of Thrones.
So ravens, a throne… nope, not a lot to read into the story that Telltale’s new Game of Thrones series will tell. As shown in the teaser trailer, it will be a new tale set in the world of George R.R. Martin’s popular book turned TV series from HBO, so at least fans can hang their floppy hat on the fact that this won’t be a retelling or adaptation – though you didn’t really expect that from Telltale did you?
“Since the very beginning, Telltale’s goal has been to work alongside the most talented and respected forces in entertainment, bringing their worlds to the interactive space as no other game studio can,” said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Working with HBO to develop a new game series based on Game of Thrones is a natural fit for our studio. This partnership will create an experience that will captivate the huge, global Game of Thrones audience. It will put them in control of the epic stories of warfare, intrigue, violence and revenge that we know and love.”
“We’re delighted to be working with Telltale Games, a proven leader in the creation of engaging interactive content,” stated Josh Goodstadt, Director of Global Licensing. “Our fans are always looking for new, exciting ways to engage with the Game of Thrones brand and this game series will put them right in the middle of the action by letting them decide where the story will lead. This brings a whole new dimension to the world of Westeros.”
Telltale definitely knows what it’s doing with licenses. Both The Walking Dead and Fables are more than faithful to their source material while simultaneously presenting brand new storylines that expand upon and grow the already established world they’re based upon. Game of Thrones will be the first TV series (it’s based on the HBO adaptation, just in case you didn’t catch that) that Telltale is translating into game form, which is an interesting little side-note here as it sees the publisher moving from movie and comic book properties into those of the small screen. Fans shouldn’t worry about the content of the game either as the developer promises that it’ll be just as mature as the show it’s based on.
The deal that brings GoT to gamers is actually a multi-year one too, so expect to see a few seasons at the very least out of this one. As for platforms, nothing has been announced as of yet with Telltale simply saying that consoles, PC and mobiles will get the first installment of the game when it’s released digitally some time in 2014.