Hmm. Actually that makes total sense. Bethesda Softworks, maestros behind Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls games, apparently came this close to adapting George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels of epicness into a series of video games. Todd Howard (Executive Producer of the company’s upcoming game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) talked with EGM.com and gave them the reasons why the studio passed on the opportunity:
“We wanted to do our own world. That’s where we wanted to put our 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.”
Listen, I’m no huge Elder Scrolls fan (even though Skyrim gets cooler and cooler with each trailer) and I’m only just starting out on The Song of Ice and Fire books before I watch the much-touted HBO series, but I can still grasp at how utterly cool a game this would have been. And with said HBO show garnering the series such attention in both mediums, this would have been the perfect year for one. But, hey, silver lining: Game of Thrones uber-fans will be able to witness the history of Westeros in RTS form later this month when Focus Home Interactive releases Game of Thrones: Genesis. See? Not a total loss.