Rumours are circulating that one of Bethesda’s next titles will be Game of Thrones, after eagle eyed shoppers spotted a listing for the game on retailer Target’s website.
A listing by the name of ‘Bethesda: Game of Thrones’ appeared overnight before quickly being taken down, causing fans of both the developer and the TV series to believe that the creators are moving from Skyrim to Westeros.
It could be a genuine mistake; these sorts of things happen all the time with retailers, and nine times out of 10 end in nothing. It certainly seems crazy that the developers behind the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series’ would feel they had to latch onto the name of a television programme, particularly given how Skyrim is so similar to Game of Thrones. Both are fantasy stories, set in an alternate middle ages, with different factions fighting against each other.
However, this isn’t the first time Game of Thrones and Bethesda have appeared together in the same sentence. It’s rumoured that before Bethesda developed Skyrim, it was offered the rights to create a game based on the TV show. Unaware of how popular the show would be, it declined, instead deciding on developing its own IP.
Then there’s also the fact that Bethesda is currently developing two titles. One of those is thought to be an action sci-fi RPG named ‘Starfield’, sounding similar to Mass Effect, but no one knows what the other project is. Could it have been Game of Thrones all along?
While it seems nonsensical for Bethesda to develop a game that would undoubtedly be so similar to its Elder Scrolls series in many ways, it begs the question: who else could take on such a project? Most recently, Telltale took on Game of Thrones, but was hampered by the limitations of the show’s storyline at the time, and so failed to hit the heights of its other adventure games, The Walking Dead and A Wolf Among Us. When you consider it, Bethesda would be the overriding favourites to develop a genuinely good Game of Thrones game.
If a Bethesda take on Game of Thrones is happening, then fans will obviously have plenty of questions. Will it take place during the same time as the TV show, or act as a prequel or sequel? Will it be true to the books, or take place in a tangent storyline? How different or similar will it be to Bethesda’s much-loved fantasy series, The Elder Scrolls?
So many questions but, for now, no answers.
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