We don't know much, but what we do know sounds promising.
Last night's season finale has left Game of Thrones fans with one more season of television to look forward to. And maybe a pair of books, if you really still think they'll ever come out. But an apparently accidental listing by Target suggests that there's something else exciting on the horizon: a video game made by the best possible company for the job.
There's no shortage of Game of Thrones video games, and like most games based on licensed properties, they're mostly mediocre. This leak for Bethesda : Game of Thrones which was spotted by users at the video game forum NeoGAF, holds some promise in its name alone. Known for its open-world epics in the Fallout universe and, more to the point, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (shown above), Bethesda has already cut its teeth on an action-packed, dragon-laden fantasy epic. Critically-acclaimed, Skyrim has gone on to sell tens of millions of copies since its release in 2011, as well as being ported to pretty much every platform there is and being remastered for Xbox One and PS4 late last year. It's a great game that's aged remarkably well.
It's easy to imagine how Game of Thrones would map onto the Skyrim framework easily. Bethesda's already shown its prowess at nailing dragons, sword-fighting, and a vast fantasy landscape. All it needs is a Game of Thrones twist. And since over five years have passed since the initial release of Skyrim, there should be plenty of room for improvement as well, much in the same way that Fallout 4 introduced a complex building and crafting system that Fallout 3 players could only dream of.
There are caveats, of course. The game isn't announced yet, though it seems likely it will be soon. And while Bethesda's expansive open-world games have a reputation for being stunning in their breadth, they also have a reputation for being buggy as all hell and tripping over their own ambition. They often great in spite of themselves. Still, the mere specter of a Game of Thrones epic from Bethesda is super compelling. Much more so than just buying yet another rerelease of Skyrim.