** THE SHOWBIZ LIVE! – SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and HBO Global Licensing today announced the release of ‘Iron From Ice,’ the first of six episodes of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.
Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.
The season premiere episode is available today on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 in North America (SCEA). The episode will be available on Wednesday, December 3rd on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 in European (SCEE) territories. The series will also be coming to compatible iOS devices via the App Store onThursday, December 4th and to Android-based devices later this month. The premiere will also be coming to PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3 in North America (SCEA) and European territories (SCEE) on December 9th. Follow Telltale Games on Twitter and Facebook for the latest details on release dates.
“HBO’s Game of Thrones series is absolutely among the best television dramas of our time,” said Dan Connors, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. “Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will expand upon a world already epic in scope and detail, giving fans of the franchise an opportunity to forge their own path as they interact with characters they know from the TV show, and new ones from House Forrester and beyond.”
Some cast members of the television series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed byLena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.
The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s TV show, which in turn is based onGeorge R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players will visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.
“We’re always looking for new ways to keep our fans engaged with and immersed in the world of Game of Thrones,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing for HBO. “This game is going to open up the story like never before. We’re very excited for fans to finally have the chance to play it.”
House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of ironwood. The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.
The game will be played from five different points of view. Each is either a direct Forrester family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.
Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. The actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you’re truly playing the Game of Thrones… where you win, or you die.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series – Episode 1: ‘Iron from Ice’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the series is yet to be rated by the ESRB.
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** Via press release