Game of Thrones almost got an Obsidian-developed RPG

While Game of Thrones fans are figuring out that, no, Bethesda is most likely not making a Game of Thrones RPG, another well-known RPG studio recently revealed it was contacted many years ago to make a Game of Thrones RPG and turned the offer down. That studio was Obsidian Entertainment.

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Obsidian studio head and co-founder Feargus Urquhart talked about how, way back in 2005 before Game of Thrones had exploded into the cultural phenomenon it is today (the HBO show launched in 2011), the studio was approached by Electronic Arts with an offer to create a new RPG set in Game of Thrones’ world of Westeros. However, Obsidian ultimately turned the offer down, and here’s why according to Urquhart:

"Back then were more relevant and I said, 'I just don't know how we could make... It just feels more like an RTS game.’ You have different factions and you put more political intrigue in there. Other than what weird stuff is going on beyond The Wall, and the dragons, and some hint , there are no magic users, there are no clerics, no thieves. Basically there's dudes with swords and armour and a little bit of mysticism, but within the main land there's no goblins, no kobolds...”

Given Obsidian’s pedigree of high fantasy games such as Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny (Game of Thrones is notably low fantasy), it’s easy to see why the 2005 offer didn’t look that appealing at the time.