One press release says it all:
Telltale Games and HBO announce Partnership to Create Games based on Game of Thrones. 2012 Studio of the Year and HBO Global Licensing in multi-year, multi-title partnership to Create Games Based on Emmy Award-Winning Television Series.
Though I have never been an adventure game player, I instantly fell in love with Telltale’s The Walking Dead. It was one of the licensed games to nail it on every count. There references to the world I knew were there, but never forced. The story stood on its own as well for those who didn’t know the source material intimately. The characters were emotionally engaging. And I didn’t want it to end.
And now they are going to do that with something I love almost as much as the original Walking Dead comics. Well to that I say, “Bring it on.” In 2014, Telltale will embark down what will no doubt be an emotional journey in the world of Westeros with Game of Thrones. One thing that both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have each taught me is that bad things happen to good people, especially when I begin to really like them. In a way now, I almost dread the heartbreak that this game is going to bring upon me.
I don’t need to see screen shots. I don’t need game footage. I don’t even need to have a hint of the story in advance. I just know Game of Thrones from Telltale Games is going to simultaneously going to be one of my favorite things and one of my most dreaded all at the same time.