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Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series ​is an episodic video game based on the HBO television series, released in 2014 and consists of six episodes.[1] It was being developed in conjunction with HBO by Telltale Games, developers of the critically praised video game spinoffs for The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. The game was announced on Twitter on December 8, 2013.[2] It was released on December 2, 2014 for PC/Mac and PlayStation 4, on December 3 for Xbox One and Xbox 360, on December 4 for iOS, and on December 9 for PlayStation 3.[3] Each episode costs $4.99 (£3.99) or $24.99 (£19.99) for the season pass.

Telltale founder and CEO Dan Connors said in an interview at VGX 2013:

"We're just really getting into it right now and thinking about the right characters, and who has the most at stake, and who has the most to do, and who has the biggest impact on the world … ‘Cause, you know, we're so much about consequence, and “Game of Thrones” is so much about big consequence."

Overview

The main characters are from House Forrester. The Forresters are a family of the minor nobility from the Wolfswood in the North, bannermen to House Glover - who are in turn themselves major vassals sworn to House Stark of Winterfell. The seat of House Forrester is Ironrath, an imposing stronghold in the forest surrounded by ironwood trees. Their House words are "Iron from Ice", echoing their belief that the severe cold and hostile landscape of the North only make them stronger.[4]

House Forrester's basic details and allegiances exist in the novels. However they were only mentioned in passing once and its current members were not described: "...guides Lady Sybell [Glover] had given them, trackers and hunters sworn to Deepwood with clan names like Forrester and Woods, Branch and Bole." (A Dance With Dragons, Chapter 42) With no details given about its current members in the novels, this gives the video game a blank canvas to fill new characters with.

The events of the first season of the game series generally coincide with Season 4, beginning towards the end of Season 3 and ending just before Season 5 begins.[5]

Players visit familiar locations such as King's Landing and the Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester. The game is played 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.[5]

Actors from the main Game of Thrones TV series reprised their roles for the video game, providing voice-acting for the in-game appearances of their characters, including Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Natalie Dormer (Margaery), and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay). Other actors and characters from the main TV series were to appear in later episodes.

Background

In the social structure of the Seven Kingdoms, there are usually only nine Great Houses, such as the Starks or Lannisters, that rule entire regions ("seven" kingdoms, plus the Riverlands which are a borderland region, plus the capital region of the Crownlands). Each Great House has about a dozen or so major noble Houses immediately sworn to them. In the North, these include House Umber, House Manderly, House Karstark, and House Glover, among others. All told this means that there are a little over one hundred major noble Houses in Westeros, almost all of which have been accounted for in the novels. However, each of the major noble Houses also have their own minor noble Houses that serve them as local bannermen. For example, House Cassel is a local minor House in direct service to the Starks, not one of the major noble Houses like the Umbers (George R.R. Martin has said that in retrospect, he should have used distinct terms for the three different ranks of nobles, such as "duke" and "baron", instead of each holding the rank of "Lord"). Given that each major noble House has a couple of minor Houses serving as local bannermen, there are apparently hundreds of minor Houses which have never been mentioned in the novels, with the main novel mostly focusing on the large-scale conflicts between entire kingdoms.

Essentially, the video game is focusing on a representative "everyman" minor House, to show how the War of the Five Kings is impacting people on a local level.

Westeros is a large continent (often said to be roughly the size of South America), not simply one country, so the unified realm under the Iron Throne is on the scale of the Roman Empire, and each constituent kingdom such as "the North" is the size of an entire real-life medieval country, with armies numbering in the tens of thousands. Major Houses such as the Umbers or Karstarks can raise armies from their combined minor bannermen numbering in the low thousands. Minor noble Houses who are bannermen to the others have forces numbering in the hundreds at most.

Cancelled sequel

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series Season 2 is a cancelled episodic video game based on the HBO television series. It was being developed by Telltale Games, developers of Season 1 as well as other critically praised games such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales From The Borderlands. It was announced on November 20, 2015 in an interview with Kevin Bruner, then Telltale's CEO and co-founder and executive producer of Season 1.[6]

In an interview with Eurogamer on August 29, 2017, Telltale's head of creative communications Job Stauffer stated that plans for Season 2 were on hold due the other games they are working on and because they want to see where the narrative of the Game of Thrones TV Series goes. Job Stauffer said that the project was having a hold up at least until the Game of Thrones TV Series ends with Season 8. [7]

On September 21, 2018 it was announced that Telltale Games was undergoing a studio closure which meant that multiple Telltale employees had been laid off with just 10% of the staff staying on to fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners".[8] The second season of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game series, as well as all of Telltale's other in-development projects, were canceled upon the majority studio closure and eventual bankruptcy and collapse of Telltale Incorporated. The status of the game's canonicity in relation to the television series is uncertain.

Voice cast

TV series cast reprising their roles

Characters introduced in the video game

Episodes

# Image Title Release Date
1 TTG GoT Your Story Begins.png "Iron From Ice" December 2, 2014
Episode one of a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.
2 TTG GoT The Lost Lords Promo.png "The Lost Lords" February 3, 2015
Episode two of a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.
3 TTG GoT TSITD Promo.png "The Sword in the Darkness" March 24, 2015
Episode three of a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.
4 TTG GoT SOW Promo.png "Sons of Winter" May 26, 2015
Episode four of a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.
5 TTG GoT ANOV Promo.png "A Nest of Vipers" July 21, 2015
Episode five of a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.
6 TID Key Art.jpg "The Ice Dragon" November 17, 2015
Episode six of a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show.

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