Independent video game studio Telltale Games has tackled The Walking Dead, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future in its narrative driven video games and now it is taking on its biggest challenge yet — Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series-turned-hit HBO show will soon be made into a playable video game format. A 2012 role playing video game also titled Game of Thrones did not do well but with Telltale’s success of combining story with gameplay this new adaption is sure to be a smash hit with fans and gamers alike.
What makes Telltale different from other video game companies? They know how to tell a good story. “We’re solving problems on a story level that other game companies don’t even realize are problems,” said Dan Connors, one of the founders of Telltale. “We’re approaching this like it was a film or television series.” HBO asked Telltale to create a sample of their vision for a Game of Thrones video game series. Josh Goodstadt, HBO vice president for global licensing said, “We were struck by the sophisticated level of work and high-quality approach to storytelling in all of their games. We quickly recognized that this same level of quality and dedication could be a great complement to the richness of Game of Thrones.” The video game company has a story consultant from HBO to work specifically on this project as well as Ty Corey Franck, who is George R. R. Martin’s personal assistant. The newest addition to Telltale’s already impressive lineup of games is expected to be released later this year. ~Tarah Bleier