Not content with The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games have announced two new tie-ins based on the Game Of Thrones and Borderlands licenses.
No, not a Game Of Thrones x Borderlands crossover. Let's not be silly.
Both episodic series are in very early development, and built around Telltale's trademark focus on choice and character development. We've got trailers below... though our rabid excitement is tempered with a note of caution.
Game Of Thrones
Little is known about Telltale's take on Game Of Thrones save that it's... happening. Characters haven't been confirmed, though the TV show's unmistakeable music (sorry, it'll be in your head all day now), suggests that it will intersect with HBO's series in some fashion.
More as we hear it. UPDATE: The deal has been described as "multi-year, multi-game." Have some official blurb.
"Since the very beginning, Telltale's goal has been to work alongside the most talented and respected forces in entertainment, bringing their worlds to the interactive space as no other game studio can," said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. "Working with HBO to develop a new game series based on Game of Thrones is a natural fit for our studio. This partnership will create an experience that will captivate the huge, global Game of Thrones audience. It will put them in control of the epic stories of warfare, intrigue, violence and revenge that we know and love."
"We're delighted to be working with Telltale Games, a proven leader in the creation of engaging interactive content," stated Josh Goodstadt, Director of Global Licensing. "Our fans are always looking for new, exciting ways to engage with the Game of Thrones brand and this game series will put them right in the middle of the action by letting them decide where the story will lead. This brings a whole new dimension to the world of Westeros."
Tales From The Borderlands
Telltale plans to flesh out the Borderlands universe and the world of Pandora with Tales From The Borderlands: a multi-part series that will feature numerous established characters. It's already cel-shaded, so nailing the art style should be a cinch.
Again, Telltale are playing their cards close to their chests, so we don't even know about launch platforms yet. We're fairly sure that it will release on pretty much everything, as per usual.
A sterling performance at the VGX awards, then, but I can't help but feel a little pang of deja vu along with all the excitement. Before The Walking Dead restored their reputation, Telltale went through a slump as they took on too many licensed projects and crunched boring, repetitive gameplay into them (see also: Jurassic Park, Law & Order etc) - leading to a slew of deeply mediocre games. We hope that history won't repeat itself.