After several weeks of vague teaser images, Telltale Games has finally given fans some hard facts about the story, setting, and structure of their upcoming Game of Thrones adventure game, on their official blog. It’s exciting stuff, so let’s get right to it.
The first teaser image indicated that players would take on the role of the Northern House Forrester, which has been confirmed. “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.”
Game of Thrones–A Telltale Games Series will take place all over the map, including both Westeros and Essos. This first reveal, and likely the first episode, focuses on House Forrester’s home, Ironrath–shown in the above picture.
“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.”
Read on, for more on when the game will be taking place, and who you’ll be controlling….
One of the big questions surrounding the game was when it would take place, especially given references to Flayed Men in the teaser images, who took over the North in Season 3, while some clues even pointed toward a confrontation that hasn’t even occurred yet in the novels. The former turned out accurate, the latter, not so: “The events in our game series begin towards the end of Season 3 of the TV show, and end right before the beginning of Season 5. You will visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath…”
That’s good to know, although Telltale’s normal release schedule of episodes every other month means they’d likely be able to include the events of Season 5 in later episodes.
There’s also a slight change to Telltale’s normal procedure. Since they’ve turned to a dialogue and moral choice-heavy episodic model with The Walking Dead in 2012, they’ve done five episodes per game. The Game of Thrones game, though, will have six. This is important because, unlike those game, you’ll be playing different characters.
“You will play the game from five different points of view. Each character you play as is a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House…
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.”
There are two cool things about this. First, I’m excited that you won’t just be playing the noble members of House Forrester, but also people in service–class is such a critical component of Westerosi society that exploring it from multiple angles could be beneficial. Second, as I wrote in my Dragon Age: Origins article earlier this week, it’s difficult to try to convey a Game of Thrones-style scope to the world and plot complexity with a single hero journeying to all places.
Having five characters, but six episodes, also suggests that they’ll be bringing all of the main characters back to a central location for the last episode, which, even just in theory, sounds like it could be pretty exciting.
Telltale is planning on releasing it on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS, “with additional platforms to be announced.” Their games usually cost $5 for individual episodes or $25 for the full game, but this might be $30 with six episodes.