Telltale Says Game of Thrones Will Feel Like Watching the Show
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.25.2013
Company exec talks about their new franchises...
Telltale Games senior vice president of publishing Steve Allison recently spoke with Polygon about the company's upcoming Game of Thrones and Borderlands games. Check out the highlights:
On seeking out challenging licenses: "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."
On the game being based on the show over the books: "Creatively, we're going to defer to the show because we are using HBO's license. Playing the game should feel like watching the show and we'll be making lots of decisions the same way the showrunners do. We've talked with them about how they make their decisions and how they pace their scenes, what they do when they face a big plotline and what to keep and cut. We're taking their expertise and applying it to the material we bring to the table."
On the inspiration for Tales From the Borderlands: "We were backstage at the  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 the night 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, 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 different purpose with it for fans of the franchise."