Telltale Games Developing Game of Thrones Video Game
When Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in 2011, no one could have predicted how truly monumental its impact would be. Based on George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Fire and Ice, the show quickly became the most popular show on TV. Naturally, given the fantasy aspects of the show and the medieval fighting that takes place, Game of Thrones seems fit for a video game.
The first crack at adapting the series into a video game was made back in 2012 by the company Cyanide, who released a version based partly on the book series and partly on the television show. The game was a failure, criticized for its repetitive fighting mechanics and low quality graphics and sound.
Never fear, while George R. R. Martin seems to be sequestered in his lair writing the next thousand page novel in the series, Telltale Games has decided it wants a shot at adapting the series into a better video game. Revealed during the Spike TV’s VGX awards, the game will be episodic and will be pulling its material from the show rather than the books, which is good news for people like me who are in the process of catching up on the book series and avoiding spoilers at all costs.
Telltale Games is best known for its work on The Walking Dead video game, another episodic game franchise based on a television show/comic. The Walking Dead game has been very well received, and Telltale hopes to replicate that success by using the same basic formula with this Game of Thrones game.
What made The Walking Dead game so successful was its focus on character depth and narrative progression, it unfolds almost like an interactive novel. And what is the Game of Thrones TV series based off of? A series of NOVELS, each about a thousand pages long, with the first 3 seasons of the series only covering about 2 and a half of the novels so far.
So basically, Telltale Games made the smartest, most underrated business move in the gaming world this past year. Look what’s on the horizon for Game of Thrones: Season 4 of the TV show premieres in April, Martin has said he hopes to release the next novel in the series by the end of this year, plus the show is slated to run for at least 7 seasons, meaning it will be a central part of the cultural zeitgeist until AT LEAST 2017, probably forever as these books seem to be following in the vein of Lord of The Rings. They are that epic.
As far as game-specific details go, Telltale has remained tight lipped since they announced the game. No release date, no actual trailer other than the teaser (which you can view below), they just wanted to use the platform of the VGX awards to whet gamers appetites, and it worked.
2014 will be the year of Game of Thrones, not unlike 2013….and 2012….and 2011. And now that it’s developing a video game based on the wildly popular show, Telltale Games has made itself a part of that Game of Thrones discussion not just this year, but for years to come.