If you thought there was too much death in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead adventure game then you ain't seen nothing yet. The game developer has just signed a huge multi-year, multi-game deal with HBO for the Game of Thrones television series. That's right, Telltale Games is making a not just one Game of Thrones title, but several of them that should span multiple years and multiple books.
Err, well technically multiple seasons of the television series. Remember how these sorts of licensing deals works. The book rights and the television rights are entirely different things. G.R.R. Martin licensed his property to HBO to make the television show, and now HBO is licensing their television rights to Telltale to make games. If Martin wanted, he could license his books to another game developer. It's crazy how this stuff works out.
What does this mean in terms of actual in-game content? Well, who knows. It's possible that Telltale could make a supplementary series that is tied in to the subject material of the books, but ultimately stands on its own, or they could be directly derivitive works that follow the plotline of the television show too. All that's clear is that Telltale wants to continue producing games where the player gets to make their own choices.
Game of Thrones. Telltale. It's a pretty big deal, don't you think? Expect more information on the adventure game series in 2014 when the first chapter, at least, is expected to be released across multiple platforms. Add it to Telltale Games' other series: The Walking Dead, Fables, and also newly announced, Tales from the Borderlands.