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29 August 2017

Bethesda video game ‘for sale’ at Target was fake

The listing appeared on Target’s website.

WITH the season finale of Game of Thrones just airing, interest in the HBO show has never been higher.

So when US retailler Target’s website started advertising a Game of Thrones video game developed by Bethesda — the company behind Fallout 4, Doom and Wolfesntein — people were understandably excited about the chance to explore the continent of Westeros.
The product page ended up causing hysteria among fans of the show once discovered.

Only Bethesda is not making a Game of Thrones game, and the entire listing was a hoax, according to US Target, which is not affiliated with Target in Australia.

“This is not a real product — we’re sorry for any confusion,” a Target spokesman told Forbes.

The retail giant refused to give any further information of how or why the listing ended up appearing on the company’s website.

As the listing didn’t include any pictures or information, it’s likely it was the result of URL spoofing — the process of creating a fake or forged URL which impersonates a legitimate and secure website, but is actually redirecting all the traffic to a ‘booby trapped’ location.

Our very own Dr Chris Brown takes on some of his own Game of Thrones adventures.

A game based on the fantasy show was released by Telltale Games and released in 2014, although it wasn’t very well received.

Bethesda would be the perfect developer for the title having already created Fallout and Elder Scrolls, which let players explore vast worlds and embark on epic adventures.

And while Bethesda is rumoured to be quietly working on two new gaming franchises, but it has not released any details of these projects.

Would you play a Game of Thrones video game? Continue the conversation in the comments below or with Matthew Dunn on Facebook and Twitter.

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