Telltale Games’ adventure titles for The Walking Dead turned into a huge hit, but told the story from a single perspective and thus, a single playable character. The Wolf Among Us was the same. The developer is changing things up with the Game of Thrones video game coming later this year for PlayStation and Xbox consoles plus the PC and iOS devices. It is going with multiple playable characters to match the same narrative from the books and HBO TV series.
The confirmation comes from Telltale Games Senior Vice President Steve Allison in an interview with International Business Times. The upcoming Tales from the Borderlands game breaks from the single playable narrative mold by featuring two playable characters. Game of Thrones will eclipse that mark.
“In ‘Game of Thrones’ we’re taking that multi-protagonist design even further with five playable characters from the same family whose choices affect everyone in the family, and that adds a whole new layer to things that we’re really excited about,” Allison said.
That narrative design fits in with the George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones universe. The A Song of Ice and Fire series of books tells the story from several different points of view. The TV show does likewise, though with an understandably smaller scope.
Focusing on a single house is an interesting take, however. The question now becomes which one. Telltale already teased that it will be a house from the North, which led me to believe it would be one of the lesser developed houses in the books and TV show such as House Reed. However, the official Facebook page for the Game of Thrones game teased House Bolton.
House Bolton has primarily played an antagonist role in Game of Thrones, however. It would not be surprising for it to return in the same role for Telltale’s video game series.
The Facebook page also teased the locations like wolfswood (Ironwood) and Deepwood, which is located in the northwestern part of the North. That suggests one of the families from that part of the North will be playable. House Bolton is located in the eastern part of the North.
Telltale does not have an official release date ready for Game of Thrones or Tales from the Borderlands. Allison would only say that they both will be released by the end of 2014. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners have some improvements to look forward to, particularly when it comes to load times. That isn’t limited to just the next-gen consoles though.
“The new next-gen systems by virtue of their increased power certainly provide some performance benefits organically that we are happy about,” Allison said. “We have also added asynchronous loading to our upcoming Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones series that significantly improve our loading times versus some of our older game series on all platforms from mobile to next gen consoles.”
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[Images via Game of Thrones Facebook]