Is Game of Thrones Receiving the Telltale Treatment?
In the last few years Telltale Games has made a name for itself by accomplishing the impossible: Creating worthwhile licensed games.
Plowing through a rough start – Back to the Future: The Game was an enjoyable if hollow experience while their adaptation of Jurassic Park tried its very best to make you fucking hate Jurassic Park – Telltale has nailed their formula down to a science, churning out catch-you-off-guard critical hits such as The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead: Season One.
If IGN’s sources are on the money, it now seems the Californian studio wants to travel to Westeros, adapting George R.R. Martin’s eloquently scribed, punishingly brutal high fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, into a new adventure game (more than probably, anyway).
Well, they might be. Or they might be adapting the inescapably popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, into an adventure game. At this stage, and without an official title, it’s unclear how much influence the new game will draw from the television series, if at all. If The Walking Dead is any indicator, Game of Thrones: The Game (my stupid tentative title for it) may present a wholly new story set in the universe of the original fiction – in this case, George R.R. Martin’s vision of Westeros, including the hulking super throne illustrated above.
Telltale’s official statement on the matter is that it has no official statement on the matter. It’s not like their plate isn’t full as is, either. Currently, their team is headlong into development for both The Wolf Among Us - Episode Two and the second, majorly awaited season of The Walking Dead: The Game. Still, the notion of marrying Martin’s engaging character and too-good-to-pull-away storytelling work with Telltale’s immersive, panic inducing “Choose Or Die” gameplay has me seriously anxious.
But if Winter is truly coming, given Telltale’s schedule, we’ve got a while before first snow.