Well, this all seems sort of inevitable in hindsight, doesn’t it? Telltale has more or less perfected its episodic storytelling formula, and bounteous riches are beginning to flow. And from among those glittering prizes and sparkling gem clusters, the Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us dev has – if a report from IGN is to be believed – plucked a veritable holy grail. It now allegedly has some sort of Game of Thrones game in the oven, though exact details are still hazy. This does, however, link up pretty well with my Dan Connors interview from earlier this year, so I am cautiously optimistic about the (for now) rumor’s veracity.
IGN cites multiple anonymous sources, all of whom apparently claimed the following:
“Telltale Games is developing a game based on George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.”
“It’s worth noting that, while ‘Game of Thrones’ is the title of HBO’s series based on Martin’s books, the series itself is actually known as A Song of Ice and Fire, and the first book is titled Game of Thrones. It’s currently unclear what title Telltale will be using for its game, and whether the storyline will be based on the show, books, or something entirely new.”
Telltale, meanwhile, did not deny the rumor, but it didn’t offer any affirmative statement either. “Officially we have no comment,” the storied studio of a thousand stories said.
Still though, I’d say this is excellent news if true. If anyone can finally pull off a good Game of Thrones game, it’s probably Telltale. I doubt it’d include many recognizable characters (the books/show’s events tend to leave them pretty tied up), but who knows? And hey, who wouldn’t want to choose their way into an alternate storyline in which [SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT, PRETTY MUCH] Ned Stark stayed alive by transforming into a total, conniving jerkass? Or perhaps we could play a day in the life of Hodor, which could actually be entirely incredible if done well. Alternatively, I suppose Telltale could take the easy way out and design a Tyrion simulator. Of course, then your only choices would be “Witty Quip,” “Wittier Quip,” and “Wittiest Qui– OH GOD SOMEONE JUST CUT OFF YOUR NOSE.”