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Game of Thrones set for video game treatment by Walking Dead hitmaker

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After earning widespread kudos for its successful and affecting channeling of The Walking Dead's zombified universe into horror video game form, Telltale Games has landed another major entertainment world property: Game of Thrones.

The San Rafael, Calif. game studio unveiled on Monday a brief teaser trailer (video above) for its forthcoming, still-in-early-stages collaboration with HBO.

Slated to debut in 2014 and targeting console, desktop and mobile gamers, the indie studio is working with the cable giant on what will be a multi-game project that will apparently tie into the TV adaptation's narrative.

"This partnership will create an experience that will captivate the huge, global Game of Thrones audience. It will put them in control of the epic stories of warfare, intrigue, violence and revenge that we know and love," Telltale CEO Dan Connors said in a statement.

As with the HBO series, the forthcoming game will be based on the blockbuster George R.R. Martin fantasy book series.

Often, video game tie-ins for major movies or TV series are a sad afterthought, but Telltale is riding high on dozens of awards and year-end honours for its impressive, intelligent, "choices and consequences" exploration of The Walking Dead's world.

Set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman's dark comic book saga (which also inspired the cult AMC TV hit), the first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead put players in the shoes of a convicted criminal unexpectedly freed amid a devastating zombie apocalypse. The episodic, adventure-style game won over more than a million players for its intensely engaging gameplay (decisions made by players in-game ultimately had an effect on the outcome), compelling narrative and talented voice acting.

The Game of Thrones announcement comes ahead of a second season of The Walking Dead game, as well as other Telltale projects like The Wolf Amongst Us and Tales from the Borderlands. Let's hope tackling the massive world of Westeros won't put a crimp on Telltale's other worthy efforts.

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