Some new information has surfaced that has led some people to believe that Bethesda Softworks could be working on a new Game of Thrones project. Yes, that's right... the makers of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are rumored to be working on an adaptation of the HBO series that has taken the entertainment market by storm.
Forbes is reporting that some individuals spotted a brief listing on Target about a new Game of Thrones game on the store page. It's listed as Bethesda: Game of Thrones. It's under the featured brands page. It's vague and could mean a number of other things, but one of them is certainly a new video game.
Forbes isn't entirely sure if the project is a legitimate listing or a retailer mishap, but the article points out that Bethesda is working on some other AAA projects in between The Elder Scrolls VI release, which is still several years off from release. In the interim, we do know that the company is currently working on the game Starfield, which has no real details available for it yet.
Is it possible that the other project is something based on HBO's take of Game of Thrones?
The possibility seems plausible, for sure. However, by the time a game based on the HBO series comes out it seems like it might be too late. We know Bethesda already has 2017 filled up with Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2, along with the standalone of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.
So Bethesda certainly wouldn't risk throwing out a high-profile AAA game at the cornerstone of 2017's twilight just for the sake of it, especially if it's a large-scale, open-world, story-driven game.
So this would mean that if there is a big AAA title in the making, it might end up being announced at the end of this year, possibly during the Game Awards, or maybe during the PlayStation Experience event?
If it does get announced, it's likely going to be set for a 2018 or 2019 release at the earliest. Now, this would make a heck of a lot of sense given that Bethesda doesn't appear to have any major games on the horizon in 2018.
That's not to mention that it could fill out the void of other titles currently exhausted under the publisher's label, such as Doom, Fallout, and Prey, all of which have released within the last couple of years or have received major expansions recently.
Of course, the question becomes: What would a Game of Thrones game be?
An open-world title where you just kind of make your own character and complete quests seems like it would be a bit too much like a Skyrim clone. Making it story-oriented seems like it might encroach on what Telltale Games did with its Game of Thrones: The Telltale Series. So what exactly would the game be, if it did exist? Well, we'll have to wait to find out... assuming there's any truth to the listing on Target.