Adventure game specialist Telltale is very busy at the moment. Not content with the ongoing episodic series The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, the developer is also working on a spin-off adventure game based on the Gearbox co-op shooter Borderlands, and another title based on hit gore-soaked fantasy Game of Thrones.
It's the latter title that has had people speculating, as it was unclear how the game would fit into the seemingly fixed narratives laid down in George R. R. Martin's novels and HBO's award-winning TV series. The answer: they won't. Rather than trying to squeeze new stories with the same characters into the saga, we'll get to explore concurrent events elsewhere in Westeros.
"It's not a prequel," Telltale CEO Dan Connors has told Digital Trends. "I think the show provides a timeline, but the world is huge. There's so much going on and it's so rich. Every decision that King Joffrey makes impacts so many people. Any microcosm in that world [looking at how] people are affected by the decisions that are made plays out across the whole thing.
"The show does a great job of interpreting George R.R. Martin's work, and his work provides a huge dictionary of knowledge about what the franchise is. It's really a dream to sit down and say, 'What's our space in this world? Where are we in this world?' And the world offers you so much to explore."
Telltale's Game of Thrones is due to launch later this year.