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We need a decent Game of Thrones video game

The final season of Game of Thrones comes out tonight. It leaves me asking one simple question: Why can’t anyone seem to make a decent Game of Thrones game that allows us to play as the characters that we both love and hate?

Some of you will undoubtedly say that we have one in the point-and-click adventure Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series. While fairly good in its own right, it only had a single season, and it’s based on a minor house from the series who no one really cares about. Simply put, it’s not a proper Game of Thrones game. At best, it’s a spinoff with cameos from some of the show’s prominent characters. Plus, TellTale Games is now closed, so a second season is not in the cards.

We’ve also had a Game of Thrones strategy game from developer Cyanide – 2011’s A Game of Thrones: Genesis – that reviewed poorly. Cyanide developed an equally poorly received action RPG a year later.

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So why can’t anyone seem to make a decent game utilizing the deep bench of colorful characters and the extensive lore in the Game of Thrones universe? How difficult could it really be to get this right with a proper budget and a skilled team?

Give the license to Bethesda to make an open-world Westeros along the lines of Elder Scrolls. Players could relive key moments from the show. Imagine hopelessly witnessing Ned Stark’s execution as Sansa. You might take on the role of Brienne of Tarth and fight The Hound or sneak poison into the king’s drink when he’s not looking. The possibilities are endless.

Better yet, have Firaxis Games – the developers behind the Civilization franchise – build a turn-based strategy game where the different houses duke it out for the Iron Throne. Players could create their own unique house or fly the banners of House Lannister, House Stark, House Targaryen, or any other number of other fan-favorite families.

All I know is that as Game of Thrones the television show and books come to a conclusion, fans will want more Game of Thrones. Some high-quality video games would be a great place to start.