No, don’t throw your keyboard through the screen yet. Let’s think this through: “Bethesda Game Studios, developer of Elder Scrolls and Fallout, could be working on a Game of Thrones project. There’s very little detail however, and it’s largely supposition at this point.” Why is this maybe not such a bad thing? I’ll tell you why.
Mods are what Bethesda games are more or less all about. Well, the single-player ones, anyway. Don’t get me wrong: Skyrim and Fallout [INSERT FAVORITE GAME HERE] are rock-solid RPGs. But a large part of their replay value is in the vigorous modding communities that Bethesda encourages. Everybody who plays their games mods them*. Because that is a thing that happens. It’s like… fan fiction, written by computer programmers. in fact, it is fan fiction, written by computer programmers.
And, it turns out: George RR Martin hates people who write fan fiction in the GoT universe. He doesn’t like it, doesn’t approve of it, tries to fight it whenever possible. So if Bethesda actually licenses a Game of Thrones RPG, then I cannot wait until Mr. Martin finds out that he will have exactly jack and [expletive deleted] to say about who mods the game, because I can guarantee you that there’s going to be a bunch of people out there determined to fix everything that’s wrong with the original IP’s plot and characters.
Why, I find that I am quite chipper about all of this, now. I might even try my hand at modding something, myself. Good for the old creative juices, yes?
*OK, fine, you don’t. But you know that you have a minority opinion in that regard.