The hit HBO fantasy television show Game of Thrones is set to become an episodic video game series developed by Telltale Games. The trailer for the first episode of the game was released today and features the voiceover talents of Lena Heady, the actress who plays the conniving Cersei Lannister in the HBO series.
The title will be released in a series of episodes that are dropped separately over a period of time. It is known that this particular Game of Thrones video game will consist of six episodic adventures with the first one releasing before the year is out. The announcement trailer reveals that the first episode is titled Iron from Ice. The game’s storyline is said to follow in syncopation with the TV series more than it will with George R. R. Martin’s original series of novels, although many inspirations will be drawn from the author’s text as well.
The timespan of the game is said to begin sometime towards the end of the TV show’s third season and conclude at the end of its fourth season. Players will be introduced to a new family within the Game of Thrones realm and take control of five playable characters. The House Forrester is the central group of characters the game will focus on, a family that is mentioned in Martin’s books, but have not made an appearance in the TV show just yet.
Players will also encounter many familiar faces in the game that are deemed recognizable from the HBO series. The virtual Game of Thrones world of Westeros has animated the principal characters from the TV show to appear incredibly similar to the actors that portray them. In the trailer, one can see the likes of Cersei Lanniser (Lena Heady), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Although it is fairly evident Heady will be heard in the game from the voiceover in the trailer, it is still unknown if the other actors from the show will reprise their roles in the video game.
The world of video games is moving forward in creating titles such as this. In addition to Game of Thrones, Telltale Games has produced an episodic video game adaptation of AMC’s popular zombie apocalypse show The Walking Dead as well as the adult-themed fairytale thriller The Wolf Among Us. Although not necessarily frugal-friendly the video game industry has begun making very smart business moves with episodic titles and games with optional expansions. The evergreen love of storytelling is more present in video games than ever and even the most casual of gamers are willing to pay a little extra to get the ultimate gaming experience out of their favorite title now.
This is a practical approach for game developers to take, as it allows them to focus solely on one project for a longer period of time as opposed to trying to crank out multiple games in a year. One solid game that can be expanded upon instead of five half-par games allows for not only an easier workload, but for the production of higher quality titles.
Game of Thrones is set to become an episodic video game series, although the official release date is still unconfirmed. The game’s first episode will be released by the end of the year and is coming to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and iOS devices. The launch trailer can be viewed below.
By Cody Collier