I know we're all mad with grief that Game of Thrones has finished for another season, but are we hallucinating, or is Target trying to tell us that Bethesda is working on a Westeros-themed title? The ever-vigilant users of Reddit spotted this errant retail listing, and our little hearts swelled with hope. Then we remembered how Bethesda crushed our dreams once before.
Of course, this could just be a misunderstanding, a bored Target employee trolling the internet, or the world's most unlikely typo. We know Bethesda isn't going to comment on that kind of speculation, and even if some random person who 'has a friend who has a dad who totally works at Bethesda and has seen it' starts blabbing on Twitter, chances are it's all nonsense. Those non-disclosure agreements are no joke, people. It's also worth remembering that Bethesda has talked openly about turning down the chance to make a Game of Thrones spin-off in the past.
"We were actually asked a while ago to turn those books into games," Bethesda game director Todd Howard told EGM way back in 2011. "We wanted to do our own world. That’s where we wanted to put out 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."
But you can't stop us from imagining a Game of Thrones-flavored Skyrim, Todd. Our Lord Commander of the Night's Watch is standing to attention just thinking about it. While Telltale did a decent job of creating a nice side-story for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, it would really take a big, open-world RPG studio like Bethesda to give us the feeling of truly roaming Westeros' many lands, smiting and schmoozing our way to power.