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Why Bethesda Turned Down A Song of Ice and Fire

EGMNOW has a tidbit from the upcoming EGMi - Digital Magazine where Todd Howard of Bethesda Softworks explains why his company passed on the opportunity to make a game based on A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books that inspired the hit series A Game of Thrones (thanks Gamer's Hell). Here's why:

“With A Song of Ice and Fire, we went ‘We want to do that!’ People in our studio liked it, and it seeped in a bit to what we were doing,” Howard explained. “We were actually asked a while ago to turn those books into games.”

So why didn’t they take the leap? According to Howard, the idea of a partnership was very tempting, but the team was just too invested in their own IP.

“We wanted to do our own world. That’s where we wanted to put out time into. Before we were even making Skyrim, there was a conversation with George R.R. Martin’s people. They thought it would be a good match—and so did we, actually—but then we thought about if that was where we wanted to spend our time. It was tempting, though.”

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16. Re: Why Bethesda Turned Down A Song of Ice and Fire Sep 15, 2011, 10:49 Creston
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2011, 00:44:
Umbragen wrote on Sep 14, 2011, 23:51:
I'm not sure why they passed, it's not like it would be the first time Bethesda made a game you got sick of playing before the damned thing ended.

I don't know who is going to finish the series after Martin passes beyond the wall, but I'm already past caring.

Only two books left. He's got that kind of time.

Seeing as how he churns out a book every 4-5 years, and he looks like he's 287 years old already, he might very well pull a Robert Jordan.

As for the game, I'm not sure how well that world translates to a video game. Unless you get to play as the Lannisters, it'd just be irritating to have to be saddled with characters who are SO.FUCKING.STUPID.

(secret text SPOILERS!!!) "You want me to come to your camp to discuss a peace treaty? And to bring only my trusted lieutenants and my mother? And you're the guys who have been backstabbing my family for three straight books? Boy, that sounds like a great deal! I'll be right there!

"Hey, why are you guys killing us? You mean this peace offer wasn't legit??"

For fuck's sake. The entire series just fucking ruined itself with that horseshit. You'd think it'd be impossible for a single fucking human being to be that fucking stupid, but nope, in the world of George RR Martin, they ARE that stupid, and then some.

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