While I’m careful these days to avoid excessive hype, there’s nothing wrong with good old fashioned excitement, and the pairing of one of the most compelling fantasy stories around with arguably the best storytellers in the gaming industry is definitely a reason to get excited.
It’s interesting to note that Telltale is working with HBO, so the games will likely follow the show’s narrative, with its slight alterations from the adapted books. Though as far as that goes, I’m sure they’ll skip over the gratuitous amounts of nudity and adult content that the showrunners felt the books were lacking in. Hopefully they’ll retain the alarming casualty rate and crippling sadness that the story is known for.
In all seriousness, as popular as the books were, the show’s fandom has grown to epic proportions, so it does make the best jumping off point. Not to mention these will likely be side stories, so the small changes in the primary narrative likely won’t matter. It’s not unlike how The Walking Dead game only came about after the massively successful show was produced.
The games are scheduled to premiere some time in 2014. Check out the announcement trailer and the full press release below.