TellTale discusses new Game of Thrones & Borderlands titles

Monday, 23rd December 2013 16:10 GMT By Dave Cook

TellTale Games may be working on the second season of The Walking Dead right now, but it’s got a busy 2014 ahead with new games based on Borderlands and Game of Thrones. The studio has explained how both deals happened, and what they’ll involved in a new interview.

Speaking with Polygon, Steve Allison, senior vice president of publishing at Telltale Games recalled how the Borderlands deal came about with Gearbox.

He explained, “We were backstage at the [2012] Spike VGAs and Gearbox was sitting at table one and we were sitting at table two — we were there for The Walking Dead. We got to talking a little bit, and I don’t remember when it became, ‘we should do this thing,’ but it happened over a few cocktails.”

“We could have easily left it and chalked it up to too much tequila,” he added, “but we followed up when we got home, and they remembered the conversation. The Borderlands universe has so much story potential, all those great characters. There’s a narrative there in Borderlands 2 but it serves a certain purpose, and we can serve a difference purpose with it for fans of the franchise.”

The Borderlands partnership is not a shooter, but another adventure title that TellTale has become celebrated for. It’ll be interesting to see how it handles the weird and wacky character of the Gearbox universe. More sober however, is the Game of Thrones HBO game TellTale is working on. Allison confirmed that it was the game studio that approached HBO to pitch the concept.

During an internal meeting at TellTale, Allison and his team, “Looked at things we wanted to work on and the most important things are what are we passionate about. After that we ask, is there enough of an audience at the end of day that would play this thing?

“We want franchises that are really difficult to translate into traditional gaming, we don’t want to make another Walking Dead first-person shooter. What works with the franchises we have it the characters, the story and drama and the relationships. We look for franchises that are huge and have all those elements.”

After a year of negotiating, a deal was struck and TellTale and HBO will pair to create multiple Game of Thrones titles. It’s still not clear if it’ll come with a horse-decapitation QTE or not.

Are you keen on either project? Let us know what you think below.



  1. Legendaryboss

    They certainly have their work cut out for them but will they be able to handle the load? 4 games for one studio, might be stretching themselves too thin. How big is Telltale Games?

    Anyway time will tell i guess.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Lobster9

    Very excited for the GoT game. Shortly after the first season of the Walking Dead finished, I said to a friend how cool it would be if they made an Ice and Fire game.

    I think it would be cool if the game (or one of them) focused on a new house that is only mentioned briefly by name in the show. Create an entirely new side story mixed up in the War of the Five Kings.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. pukem0n

    the borderlands game is so unnecessary…seriously

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 Is it? I’m pretty sure the series has sold millions to date so far.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Takeshi

    @2 Also how I can see them doing the game. Small references here and there to the main cast of GoT, but with an equally engrossing story.

    I guess it could be harder to do GoT since is wasn’t necessary to include the main cast with TWD, but with GoT there is no way they don’t keep up with Joffrey and co.

    I do think there is an audience for a Telltale GoT game, the fans of the show are already playing The Walking Dead and Witcher 2.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Erthazus

    After playing the first episode of the Walking Dead Season 2. I don’t want Game Of thrones from Tell Tale games.

    It’s going to have the same premise with “character remembers that” with 3-4 choices that does not matter and with gameplay that does not exist at all.

    Tell Tale adventure games are simple adventure games for people who discovered what are videogames or what are adventure games.

    Although, Wolf Among Us was good for Some reason.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Edo

    @4 He is probably saying that because this will not include the most important things in the previous Borderlands game…the shooting and the loot…and I wholeheartedly agree with him,without those two we only got the tongue in cheek humor which gets lame pretty fast.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Dena T. Kellar

    you have to work and use the computer and internet, and if you can do that and dedicate some time each day then you can do this with no problem. I have been working with this for a month and have made over 1957 bucks already. let me know if you need more help.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    I hope thet do a doctor who game adaptation,they will be quite of the few developers to do this series justice

    #9 1 year ago
  10. klewd

    it makes sense to work at more projects simulatenously. once the writing is “done”, there isn’t much work left for the writers to do, so it’s only natural that they move on to new projects.

    but still, 4 projects is a lot…

    #10 1 year ago

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