Is Telltale’s Game of Thrones the “proper” game fans are desperate for? Not according to Forbes

Wednesday, 14th May 2014 15:33 GMT By Patrick Garratt

It’s going to be good, but it isn’t the game the series deserves, reckons Forbes.


Forbes has said Telltale’s Game of Thrones game isn’t going to be the “true RPG” fans are hankering after, despite the fact that it’s obviously going to be good.

Writer Paul Tassi has even outlined his vision for a fullblood “action RPG” based on Game of Thrones, involving buddy AI and definitely not an MMO stance.

Watch this video to see what he says.

Tassi favours a single-player approach in the vein of Skyrim as opposed to the relatively obvious MMO route Bethesda’s wandered down with The Elder Scrolls.

The Telltales Game of Thrones title was announced at the end of last year, will feature “large battles” and will be told “in a Telltale way.”

It’s out this year.

Do you agree with Forbes? Is the Telltale game enough, or would you like to see a big budget project like The Witcher or Skyrim based on Game of Thrones?



  1. ddtd

    It’s a TellTale game. I didn’t expect it to be an RPG.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Hcw87

    A Game of Thrones MMO would be fantastic actually. Really fits with the universe. Not a traditional MMO with 40 man raids ofcourse, but as a PvP focused MMO it would be awesome.

    Also, ofcourse this isn’t going to be a ”true RPG”, it’s going to be a point&click adventure like their other games.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. heyvc

    We needed a good developer to do a great RPG out of Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, We don’t have a lot. We have Bioware that works on their own IP and now (again) on Star Wars. Obsidian is a good company but a not a great one.. Stick of truth was great because Matt and Trey. I liked KOTOR II but that was a long time ago.. Alpha protocol made me look at them funny… CD PROJECT RED also makes great rpgs but again.. works with ips that are not that famous (Witcher and cyberpunk). Then we have bathesda that does their own thin.. so.. either Those companies get a great deal… or we need another company.. I can’t remember another great RPG company. Monolith is good.. but not great.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. heyvc

    @ddtd yep

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Gekidami

    To my understanding, the Telltale game is also going to be an original story with its own characters just in the GoT universe. So i can imagine some fans not liking that much either.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. Lobster9

    I don’t think anyone is expecting a big open world combat RPG from Tell Tale, people like Tell Tale games because they devote all their resources to telling stories, it’s just what they do.

    It also doesn’t HAVE to be the “ultimate game of thrones” game. There is still plenty of room for something bigger down the road. Though I expect the franchise to be a little cautious after the clumsy Bioware-like we got previously.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Darkfield

    Actually, a sandbox MMORPG would work marvelously for A Song of Ice and Fire universe game in an EVE online kind of structure with a more action oriented combat. A game where every player starts by defining their own heritage (highborn, lowborn, etc) and strives to establish his/her house, becoming a banner-man of a house or becomes a merchant, or dabble in politics, or decides that he wants to become a slavemaster and seeks his or her fortune in the free cities and so on. That’s something I wanna play and sink hours of my life into.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. FreeZZa

    @Darkfield That sounds awesome but I think it’d work as well if not better as a Singleplayer RPG.

    GoT has such a rich and huge universe, there are plenty of possibilities to base a game on.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. schnide

    Game of Thrones is so popular not just because of the world, but because of the very, very strong and tight storyline which juggles around lots of lead characters. It would take absolute mastery to create a game which does justice to the storylines, makes you feel like a worthwhile character even though you couldn’t play as any of the featured ones (or you’d know everything that would happen!) AND has good, open world gameplay too.

    If Telltale make a game as good as the Walking Dead out of GoT, I’d be happy with that!

    #9 7 months ago
  10. fihar

    Meh, I wouldn’t want another medieval action RPG.
    But a strategy game where I can pull a Littlefinger and raise hell wherever I go would be nice.

    It’s called Game of Thrones you know? Not a War or a Battle of Thrones.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. Praglik

    This is why A Song of Ice & Fire is so good. It’s everything, from battles to exploration, religious zealots and war berzerkers, pirates and monsters, dragons and intelligent secret services.
    It’s possible to make a book, complicated to make a serie, incredibly hard to make a movie and impossible to make a game that would feature all of this at once.
    The person you quoted would be more interested in it’s combat part, maybe he’s a bit Rob Baratheon, while you would be Littlefinger… It would need to create a game where a given player wouldn’t ever see 80% of it’s possible gameplay.

    There’s only one game that managed to reach this level of sandbox, Eve Online. They have liberties with the space system, imagine if they were bond to physics laws, history, character development and story telling?

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Gekidami

    A Game of Thrones MMO would be awesome, because there are actual boars & dire wolves in the series/books. So when the MMO tells you to go out and kill 10 of each, over and over again, it’ll be like, canon!

    #12 7 months ago
  13. Mike

    MMO RPG, please! I could choose a faction to fight for. And run side quests helping the maincharacters etc. (kind of like LotRO) See all of Westeros. Could be immense.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. bradk825

    To be honest when I heard it was Telltale Games I was thinking it would be in the style of TWD.

    #14 7 months ago

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