Telltale Games are doing something special in the world of video games. While other studios are competing for best graphics or best ways to squeeze every last nickel out of you via micro-transactions, Telltale is trying to re-imagine narrative storytelling in video games. Their solution has been to evolve the point-and-click adventure game with an emphasis on morally ambiguous choices. It worked beautifully in their adaptation of The Walking Dead, and now they’ll be taking their talents to another fatality-friendly world with Game of Thrones. Telltale has partnered with HBO “an interactive episodic game series” based on Game of Thrones that will be released across “home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices” in 2014. I’ll be interested to see how the game’s release schedule relates to the TV series, which will return in the spring. In any case, winter is now coming to video games, and it will probably be much better than the last time Game of Thrones graced home consoles.
Hit the jump for the press release. Telltale Games is currently releasing The Wolf Among Us based on the comic series Fables, and on December 17th will begin releasing The Walking Dead: Season Two.
Telltale Games and HBO® announce Partnership to Create Games based on Game of Thrones®
2012 Studio of the Year and HBO Global Licensing in multi-year, multi-title partnership, to Create Games Based on Emmy® Award-Winning Television Series
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Leading developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and HBO Global Licensing today announced a partnership to create an interactive episodic game series based on the critically-acclaimed and Emmy® Award-winning epic drama Game of Thrones.
The multi-year, multi-title partnership between Telltale and HBO Global Licensing is targeted to premiere digitally in 2014 with an episodic game series for home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices. Specific platform details are yet to be announced.
“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.”
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story where political and sexual intrigue abound as seven noble families fight for control of the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms.