Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Thursday, November 20, 2014

First announced last year at the Spike VGX Video Game Awards, Telltale Games has finally unveiled the first trailer of their upcoming episodic video game series based on HBO's Game of Thrones. 

When it comes to narratives and characterization in gaming, Telltale Games has come a long way in their claim to the throne for this particular element in today's gaming industry. From the emotional rollercoaster that we have experienced in their first The Walking Dead game (incidentally the winner of our App of the Year 2012) to The Wolf Among Us, their recently concluded adaptation of Bill Willingham's Vertigo comic book series, Fables. 

If you can see a trend here, that would be that the guys at Telltale Games can really kill it when providing alternative narratives in gaming form for established pop culture properties. So when HBO and George R. R. Martin endeavor to find a game studio that can do justice to the franchise given the considerably mediocre reception received for previous attempts (for starters, Cyanide's efforts in both 2011 and 2012), it is almost a no-brainer that Telltale Games get the job. 

While the title was first announced last year at the Spike VGX Video Game Awards, the first trailer of the episodic video game series (a total of six episodes) has just finally arrived. Check it out right below.

Official art and screens from the title.

Here are details from the official press release:

Telltale Games and HBO reveal first trailer for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.

Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes. 

The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO's TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin's books (A Song of Ice and Fire).The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players will visit familiar locations such as King's Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North - the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are 'Iron from Ice', which echoes their belief that - like the ironwood itself - the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

The game will be played from five different points of view. Each is a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're truly playing the Game of Thrones... where you win, or you die.

Additional details on the series and its upcoming premiere episode, 'Iron From Ice' are forthcoming. Stay tuned to the Telltale Games Blog,Twitter and Facebook pages for more information as the premiere approaches, the first of six episodes, which will be arriving for download soon on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced.

The first episode of the Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, entitled Iron From Ice is set to be released in the final quarter of 2014.

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