Telltale Games scoring Game of Thrones development rights shows just how far the company has evolved since it first started making Sam & Max games, but many are wondering how they are going to tackle such a complex world. Will the game feature well known characters? Will it be an original story? Will it be a prequel?
Telltale CEO Dan Connors has dropped some information in an interview with Digital Trends, explaining that the game is not a prequel but rather runs concurrent with the television series.
“It’s not a prequel,” he says. “I think the show provides a timeline, but the world is huge. There’s so much going on and it’s so rich. Every decision that King Joffrey makes impacts so many people. Any microcosm in that world [looking at how] people are affected by the decisions that are made plays out across the whole thing.
“The show does a great job of interpreting George R.R. Martin’s work, and his work provides a huge dictionary of knowledge about what the franchise is. It’s really a dream to sit down and say, ‘What’s our space in this world? Where are we in this world?’ And the world offers you so much to explore.”
It’s nothing short of amazing that Telltale has been allowed to create a game that could have such huge ramifications on canon. The current trend in video games is that when a popular television show or movie is set to have a video game spin-off, the developers are forced to write a lazy origin story or uninspired prequel. It’s a more palatable trend than the old one of pathetically retelling the movie entirely through action sequences, but hopefully Telltale’s success can help redefine licensed games.
The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2 tell an original story in an established universe, and while The Wolf Among Us might be a prequel to the comic series Fables, it is anything but uninspired.
Video game developers are smart, creative people who can use their medium to put a wonderful spin on an existing work. The Game of Thrones game can hopefully open even more doors into how video games can interact with other mediums. No longer second class!
Along with Game of Thrones, Telltale is also currently developing and publishing The Walking Dead: Season 2, The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands. Some would call that more than one can chew, but Telltale calls it all a day’s work.