With the penultimate season of Game of Thrones finished on TV and a colossal amount of people talking about it, it's hard to imagine any video game maker ever passing up the opportunity to get a piece of that franchise pie. But as I found out recently, Obsidian Entertainment did - it turned down Game of Thrones.
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It is, as ever, a busy time for Telltale Games. This year the studio finished Batman's first season and Walking Dead's third, released Guardians of the Galaxy's first season and then Minecraft's and Batman's second. Oh, and it announced Batman season one on Switch. Phew!
The latest Humble Bundle is Telltale Games themed with almost every title the studio has developed available for a mere $15 (about Ł11.50). That's a $275 value! Plus the proceeds go to charity.
The latest Game of Thrones season concludes today - and we can't wait to see what happens. Who will win? Who will die? What's going to happen to that nice Ned Stark?
The latest Humble Bundle is Telltale themed and it's a good one, offering 12 games for only $12 (about Ł8.40).
Telltale's episodic Game of Thrones series will return for a second season, the developer has confirmed.
Studio boss and co-founder Kevin Bruner has revealed that Telltale had always been planning its story with a second run of episodes in mind.
Now, with the last episode of its first season released, the developer is happy to talk a little more about it.
After the success of The Walking Dead it only seemed natural for choose-your-own-adventure game studio Telltale to tackle George R.R. Martin's grim fantasy epic Game of Thrones. More in vogue than The Walking Dead and predicated on politicking rather than action, it seems like a fine fit. Yet in the opening hour or two it becomes quite clear that this is Telltale's greatest challenge yet.
For starters, Telltale has its work cut out for it by creating a mid-budget spin-off to one of the most visually arresting TV shows ever made. This series' impressionistic, painterly aesthetic can look very impressive at times (the matte painting-like establishing shots are particularly a treat), but there's no denying that these rudimentary avatars and blocky backgrounds pale in comparison to the TV series in which it's based. It's a fine looking budget game in its own right, but the inevitable comparisons to the HBO show do it no favours.
Furthermore, Telltale's Game of Thrones is tethered to a series of staggeringly complex lore. The TV show's cast of several dozen can be a doozy to keep up with, while this video game spin-off introduces at least a couple dozen more colourful characters. Oh, and it's set concurrently to the HBO show between the tail end of its third season and the beginning of its fifth. Remember what everyone was up to two years ago?
Telltale will wrap up its Game of Thrones series on 17th November with its sixth and final episode The Ice Dragon.
UPDATE 17/7/15 8.45am Telltale's next-to-last Game of Thrones episode now has a release date. All platforms will see A Nest of Vipers next week, on the following dates:
Tuesday, 21st July - PC/Mac, PS3/4 in North America
Wednesday, 22nd July - Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3/4 in Europe
Telltale's fourth episode in its game of Thrones series will debut next week, the developer has announced.
Game of Thrones: Episode 3, The Sword in the Darkness, is due this week on PC, Mac, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS and Android, developer Telltale has announced.
What a week for Telltale Games. In practically the same breath as announcing a "significant" investment from film and television studio Lionsgate, the developer also announced that its next game, a brand new IP, would take the form of a TV-game hybrid, made up of one part interactive gameplay and one part scripted drama.
UPDATE 25/2/15 9.10am: Former EA boss John Riccitiello has also joined the board of directors at Telltale Games.
Riccitiello left EA in 2013 to become CEO of game engine developer Unity Technologies, among other things. His appointment to the Telltale board comes on the same day as film studio Lionsgate's investment, detailed below.
"Telltale has created something entirely new," Riccitiello said in a statement. "Their games combine linear storytelling and gameplay in an entirely new way that is fresh, unique, and compelling.
UPDATE 16/2/15 10.15am: Telltale has now acknowledged Game of Thrones' Xbox One save issue and finalised a patch to fix the problem.
Game of Thrones: Episode 2: The Lost Lords is set to come out during the first week of February, Telltale has announced.
Let's break it down by platform:
3rd February it's coming to PC, Mac, and PS4/PS3 in North America.
Sony has cut its prices for Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands on PlayStation 4 after last week's outcry.
Like appearing on a reality TV show or shopping on a Black Friday, there is something about rising to the top of a military organisation in a videogame that brings out the worst in people. Consider the megalomaniacal officers below who are well overdue a chat with a careers advisor.
UPDATE 08/12/2014: Sony has cut the price of both Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands on PS4 following last week's outcry, and will refund the difference.
Editor's note: We're taking a different approach to reviews of episodic game series like Game of Thrones, in which the debut episode will be reviewed without a score, as here, and we'll review the whole season with a score at its conclusion.
All things considered, I'm glad I don't have to put a score on Game of Thrones after just this episode. It's a series with potential, and one scene in particular standing out as a blistering reminder of what separates this from your average fantasy tale. At the same time though, it's my least favourite first episode of a Telltale series for quite a while, and the one that most often feels like the company finally biting off more than it can chew.
Telltale's video game spin-off of Game of Thrones is premiering next week on various platforms, Telltale's Job Stauffer announced on Facebook.
Telltale has revealed the first footage of its upcoming Game of Thrones series.
The developer also announced that several of the show's actors will reprise their role in the video game, such as: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow.
Telltale noted that "additional cast members will appear in later episodes."
A gallery of images purportedly from Telltale's upcoming Game of Thrones series has appeared online.
The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us developer Telltale Games has revealed the setting, timeframe and family of characters featured in its upcoming Games of Thrones adventure.
The six-part episodic game will debut "soon" for PC and Mac, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS.
Its first episode is titled "Iron From Ice", which also doubles as the motto of its starring clan: House Forrester.
Telltale's Game of Thrones series will feature five playable characters from the same family, Telltale has revealed.
UPDATE 30/10/2014 5.32pm: Newsflash: There's squids in the wolfswood. I repeat, there are squids in the wolfswood. Also flayed men ride the kingsroad.
The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games has teased its upcoming Game of Thrones series with what sounds like a clue to its setting.
The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us developer Telltale is bringing its episodic series' to Amazon's recently announced Android-based set top box Fire TV.
Telltale's had a lot of praise recently with its moving spin-offs of The Walking Dead and Fables, so there's been plenty of curiosity over whether its upcoming Game of Thrones title will follow the show and books' storyline, be a prequel like The Wolf Among Us, or be set in the same timeline as the core series but in a different place ala The Walking Dead. It turns out Telltale is opting for a The Walking Dead-like situation, where it will explore other parts of Westeros while the war for the iron throne wages on.