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?