Today has seen Telltale Games release the latest installment in their GAME OF THRONES game series. Titled THE SWORD IN THE DARKNESS, this new episode is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, XboxOne and Xbox 360, with a release on compatible iOS devices tomorrow.
To whet your appetite, here’s the trailer for what’s ahead in this third episode:
The official word on this latest installment reads:
Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and HBO Global Licensing today announced the release of 'The Sword in the Darkness,' the third of six episodes of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.
Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.
The third episode is available now on PC/Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, as well PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The episode is also available today on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The episode will also be coming to compatible iOS devices via the App Store and to Android-based devices on March 26th.
Critics have weighed in on the episode, with Entertainment Weekly applauding its "tense and brilliantly paced" scenes, while GamesRadar said, "At no point does the story slow down or lose its edge, and it's easily on par with some of the TV show's best episodes." Game Informer also commended the episode's, "teeth-clenching decision making," while PC Gamer called it "...the most engaging episode to date."
In Episode 3, the exiled Asher Forrester heads to Mereen in search of an army to take on the Whitehills. Meanwhile, far across land and sea in Westeros, Mira Forrester must deal with the lethal politics of King's Landing. Her family's safety is paramount and she will do anything to protect them, but nothing is given freely, and her choice of allies may soon come to haunt her. To the north, in Ironrath, the Whitehill occupation continues. Gryff Whitehill, fourth-born son, is out to prove himself, and brutality and violence grows daily, pushing the Forresters to make far-reaching decisions. Finally, at the Wall, Gared Forrester learns that he must head north if he is to help his house survive. But fate is cruel, forcing choices that will change his path forever.
"The saga of House Forrester has players embracing interactive drama across the entire realm," said Kevin Bruner, CEO and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. "The table has been set for a growing conflict that boils with the kind of intrigue we know that fans will love, and this episode also ushers in some of the most epic action and set pieces for the game series thus far. We simply cannot wait for players to see what's in store, but to say anything more would spoil some of the biggest surprises yet."
The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in the hit HBO TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin's books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players visit familiar locations such as King's Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.
The game is played from five different points of view. Each is either a direct Forrester family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Episode 3: 'The Sword in the Darkness' is rated 'M' (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the series is yet to be rated by the ESRB.
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