Telltale Games has made a name for itself by delivering player-driven stories in established and beloved worlds. Releasing games in an episodic, TV-like fashion, they first saw big success with The Walking Dead video game and then an adaptation of the Fables comic series, The Wolf Among Us.
And now, Telltale is bringing its unique formula to another popular world: Westeros.
In partnership with HBO, Telltale is developing a game set in the Game of Thrones universe—the hit television show, not the hit book series on which that show is based. Announced a year ago, Telltale finally exposed some details about just what corners of Westeros the game will cover.
The game will focus on House Forrester, a house from the north of Westeros that hasn’t appeared on the show yet but that is canon in George R.R. Martin’s original series. The Forresters are loyal to the much more familiar Starks, and the family operates out of the Ironrath, a stronghold surrounded by the largest ironwood forest in Westeros.
Throughout the six-episode series, players will control five different characters, all of whom will either be members of the Forrester house or characters who are in direct service to it. These characters will do all they can to save the house from destruction, which may very well include sparring with House Forrester’s rivals, House Whitehill. The game will track the Forresters from the end of season three of the show through season four and end right before where season five picks things up.
The focus on a single house should keep the narrative tight, however, while allowing Telltale to play around with the ongoing series formula. The developer’s most recent games have only put players in control of one main character, so look at this new series as an attempt for Telltale to stretch its storytelling techniques.
Telltale puts story first over gameplay, making its episodic series about dialogue choices and character decisions rather than combat or puzzle solving. They’re relatively easy games to play, so Thrones fans who who hear Master Chief and think MasterChef should have no problem diving into the game.
More information will be forthcoming about the game and its first episode, titled “Iron from Ice,” as a release date has currently not been set. When the game does arrive, it will be available on: Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS devices. So Thrones fans need not worry—winter is coming to just about every platform imaginable.