Game of Thrones (Telltale)

Telltale's well-worn adventure formula finds a perfect fit in the politicking of Westeros.

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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.

Telltale confirms Games of Thrones season two

Telltale confirms Games of Thrones season two

"It's currently in development."

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.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones: Season One review

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?

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Telltale trailer teases penultimate Game of Thrones episode

Telltale trailer teases penultimate Game of Thrones episode

Looks alright, we Rickon. UPDATE: And now there's a release date.

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

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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.

Hunger Games film studio Lionsgate announces Telltale Games partnership

Hunger Games film studio Lionsgate announces Telltale Games partnership

UPDATE: Ex-EA boss John Riccitiello also aboard.

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.

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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.

Game Of Thrones: Iron from Ice review

Game Of Thrones: Iron from Ice review

“The North will remember that…”

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.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a debut trailer

Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a debut trailer

Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and more will reprise their role.

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."

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Telltale reveals Game of Thrones setting, character details, more

Telltale reveals Game of Thrones setting, character details, more

Visit King's Landing and The Wall, keep House Forrester alive.

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.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones to be concurrent with the series

"The world offers you so much to explore."

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.