Telltale Announces Game of Thrones, Borderlands Projects

We’d heard that Telltale Games might be working on an episodic batch of games based on the mega-popular Game of Thrones HBO hit series, which is itself based on the series of novels by George R. R. Martin (and which are actually called A Song of Ice and Fire). Well, not only did that turn out to be true, but Telltale is also working on another series of episodic games based on Gearbox’s Borderlands franchise.

The news comes by way of two press releases published this morning. The Game of Thrones deal is between Telltale and HBO, and the series will premiere digitally in 2014 for PC, Mac, consoles and mobile devices. How many episodes? When in 2014? I don’t know. In what ways will this series tie in with the show? I also don’t know that either. Chances are good you’ll watch the action unfold from the perspective of some random, heretofore unknown knight or noble, with your story going on in the periphery of the actions of the main plotline.

The same could probably be said for the Borderlands series as well, though that much is clear largely because of the title itself: Tales from the Borderlands. The press release discussing that game says that it’ll “explore and expand on the stories of existing and all-new characters from the world of Pandora, as seen in the critically-acclaimed and besty-selling Borderlands 2 from Gearbox and 2K.”

That, too, will be out digitally sometime in 2014 for PC and Mac, as well as consoles and mobile platforms. I would also expect that unlike Borderlands, which lets you pick and customize your own character, you’ll likely be locked into a certain batch of characters from start to finish.

I’m pretty excited for these announcements, if for no other reason than Telltale’s games tend to break the common mold a bit. They’re not shooters, they’re not racing games, they’re not really like anything else that’s out there—they’re uniquely Telltale, and that’s awesome. But on the other hand, one might start to wonder if we might be getting a bit oversaturated here. Quality usually comes at the expense of quantity, and now we’re going from one great game series in The Walking Dead, to two with the recently released Fables game, and now four with these two. Can Telltale keep the quality of its titles up? We’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out in 2014.

What do you think of these announcements?

  1. I forgot how hilarious Handsome Jack was, maybe its time to replay Borderlands 2.

  2. Im excited about the got announcment. Couldnt give a rats about borderlands. Still angry about the aliens colonial marines thing. even thoe its telltale. Gearbox are on my blacklist. So I wont touch it with a forty foot pole hitting a wireless controller at its maximum range.

    • Wait, you’re saying that you hate Gearbox just because of one crappy game? That’s like saying that you hate Nintendo just because you didn’t like the look of the 2DS.

      • They made more than one crappy game *cough*Duke Nukem Forever*cough*

      • Not to mention Pro Skater 3, some of the Brothers in Arms games, etc. Duke Nukem and Aliens: CM was just the icing on the crap cake. Borderlands is their only redeeming quality. I loved 1 and 2 and all their DLC. Shame they couldnt do the same with a different franchise…

      • IMO the only decent things Gearbox ever did was Borderlands and Opposing Force, and I’m kinda of stretching it with Opposing Force.

      • Its not just the release of a “crappy game” that has put me off gearbox. It’s the way they went about it. I was extremely excited about aliens colonial marines as I’m a huge alien fan and because of this I watched a lot to do with the game during it’s build up and in some of the developer diary video’s they released. They talked about how aliens was a dream franchise for them to be involved with and they talked about how much aliens meant to there staff growing up. As an alien fan I got excited as I thought the alien franchise meant as much to them as it does to me. But this turned out to be gearboxs way of manipulating the consumer into believing they cared about what they were doing. when In fact they commissioned the development off to another studio. So I felt lied to, on top of it being a “crappy game”

        Now this has affected my video game buying habit’s as well. As I no longer preorder games. which I say as a way of lay-buying. So I miss out on a lot of great games now because I live in a country were the average game price comes to around $82usd So Its not always an easy option to just buy game’s left right and center and preordering gave me a way around this. So yeah.

      • Ditto. You don’t go around makign dev diaries unless the project your on has SOME sense of depth. It was almost like listening to Molyneux on one of his hype sprees. Colonial Marines was one of the most over hyped terds I’ve ever seen. Still, though, Gearbox doesn’t deserve black listing. When they do something right, support them by buying their games. When they try something cheap like Aliens: CM, don’t give them your money. They’ll get the picture, hopefully.

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