Some new story details have been revealed for Game of Thrones, the upcoming episodic video game series being developed by Telltale Games, the studio behind the massively popular point-and-click video game adaptation of another megahit TV series based on a popular book or comic, The Walking Dead.
The game will of course be inspired by the work of author George R.R. Martin, just as the HBO series of the same name is, but it will be based more on the world, characters, and events seen in the TV series than the books.
You can read much more about the game and its story below, and also see a pair of promo images.
As for the story, here’s a full rundown of the game details offered up at The Telltale Blog:
Based on HBO’s award-winning television drama, 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.
Our 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 our game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the TV show, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. You 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.
Ironrath sits on the edge of the largest ironwood forest in Westeros, which has proven to be a strategic advantage for the House. The trees are a valuable commodity; many of the best weapons, ships, and defensive structures include the use of ironwood. House Forrester controls the majority of the ironwood forests in the Wolfswood, much to the chagrin of their bitter rivals, House Whitehill.
Although the Forresters have not appeared in HBO’s TV show, they are canon to the world created by George R. R. Martin, having appeared in the book ‘A Dance with Dragons’.
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. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each character 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.
A release date for the first episode of the game has not been announced yet, though it is expected before the end of the year on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS.
As shown in the image above, the first of six episodes (as opposed to the five episodes other Telltale games such as The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us have gotten) will be titled “Iron From Ice.”