Bethesda: Why we turned down A Game of Thrones

Thursday, 15th September 2011 09:09 GMT By Jessica Citizen

George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Fire and Ice is coming to our gaming fingertips real soon now, some gamers are a little surprised that the fantasy series has been translated into – of all things – an RTS, and not, say… a massive, beautiful RPG.

Now, Todd Howard from Bethesda Softworks has revealed that his company actually turned down the opportunity to turn the Game of Thrones series into a video game – and it’s all Skyrim’s fault.

A story in the upcoming EGMi: The Digital Magazine reveals that Bethesda was approached to make the official games based on the novels years ago – and the company, all “big fans” of the franchise – were thisclose to taking up the challenge.

“With A Song of Ice and Fire, we went ‘We want to do that!’,” says Howard. “People in our studio liked it, and it seeped in a bit to what we were doing.”

But there was one problem – the soon-to-be created Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

“We wanted to do our own world. That’s where we wanted to put out time into. Before we were even making Skyrim, there was a conversation with George R.R. Martin’s people. They thought it would be a good match—and so did we, actually—but then we thought about if that was where we wanted to spend our time. It was tempting, though.”

With Skyrim very nearly in our hot little hands, and the television adaptation A Game of Thrones doing ridiculous things for the success of the novels, we can’t help but hope that Bethesda has an opportunity to revisit the proposal. Who else really would do those characters justice? Bioware? You busy?



  1. OrbitMonkey

    Fair play to Bethesda. Why live off the crumbs of another man’s table, when you can create your own banquet?

    Is their enough gay/lesbian sex to interest Bioware? If not, their will be ;)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Old MacDonald

    I think a strategy game fits quite well. Besides, they’re working on an RPG too.

    And, eh, how much sense does it make to “hope Bethesda has a chance to revisit the proposal” when you’re obviously already aware that the license is in Cyanide’s hands?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Gurdil

    I don’t know how the game will turn out to be but IMO an RTS is the perfect fit for “A Song of Ice and Fire”. The series is all about politics and conquering lands and all. Plus, if you made a RPG, who would the player incarnate? Far too many storylines to implement them all so the choice would have to be reduced and nobody would be happy.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    I have no desire to play it as an RTS – where is the soap opera behind it in that? Because you have to admit – it has those elements. It would make an amazing MMO – I mean just think of the different factions you would choose to play? – but no one would get it right, so it’s best they leave that bit alone. But I’m crossing my fingers that the RPG turns out well. There is just so much material to work with.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    That midget is the greatest midget that ever lived, or was written. He seriously needs to win every award ever made, ever.

    As for the game, it’s made by Cyanide. Cyanide sucks.

    #5 3 years ago

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