May 2019 has been historical for pop culture as HBO’s iconic series Game of Thrones officially came to a close. Within eight seasons that spanned almost a decade, GoT became one of the most generation-defining shows to ever hit TV screens. After all, Thrones gave fans some of the most cutting-edge special effects and most jaw-dropping twists that anyone could ever ask for — which makes the final season and the shows’ controversial ending bittersweet all the same. Fortunately for fans, George R.R. Martin, author of the books that started it all, says his work is far from done.
In a farewell post to the show on Martin’s personal blog, the author explained that he has a lot of remaining tricks up his sleeve, including developing eight new series for HBO, Hulu, and the History Channel. Outside of TV, of course, there’s the overdue task of finishing the remaining books in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga, on which GoT is based. However, most surprising is the news that Martin is taking his world-building skills to consoles. In the same blog post, he added, “I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan.” While no concrete details have been revealed by the writer himself, this is enough to send GoT fans and Martin devotees into a flurry.
It all started last March when YouTube channel Spawn Wave posted a video that claimed Martin was one of the lead writers for an open-world video game by FromSoftware, Inc. HITC notes that this Japanese company happens to be the same guys behind cult games such as Sekiro, Bloodborne, and Dark Souls. According to the YouTuber, this new game takes place in a massive landscape where players get to visit various kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing the leaders of the realms.
While the current rumors seem to share parallels with Martin’s elaborate story, it has yet to be confirmed if the video games are set to continue the plot or even exist within the GoT universe. Nonetheless, this wouldn’t be the first time that other forms of pop culture take after the show and books. Thrones has spawned numerous merchandise to fuel the fanfare, from Urban Decay’s much-coveted Game of Thrones make-up palette, to Johnnie Walker’s special edition White Walker whisky inspired by one of the show’s major set of villains. Meanwhile, digital provider Slingo is home to several slot games inspired by the iconic series, such as Game of Thrones 15 Lines and Forbidden Throne. These games provide fans with a new way to experience Westeros, allowing players to immerse themselves in the story in first person instead of simply watching it unfold on a screen. All these just goes to show the power of Martin’s iconic books, and how so many of us will inevitably continue reading, watching, and exploring its kingdoms even after the series has ended.
Whatever this new venture might turn out to be, we’re excited to see how he can apply his signature Martin touch to the game. If we’re basing it on his past portfolio of tragic tales and gut-wrenching narratives, then this is surely one to watch out for.