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Could Pokemon Go spawn a Game of Thrones game?

Westeros could come to a location near you as the clamour grows for more augmented reality adventures

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm, with towns and cities taken over by crowds of players eagerly hunting for the rare pocket monsters.

But, says developer Niantic, amateur Pokemon trainers might not be the only smartphone urban adventurers you'll be seeing gathering in the streets.

Speaking to GameSpot, product marketing lead Archit Bhargava revealed a desire to create a Pokemon Go-style game for Game of Thrones.

"My personal fantasy is like a Game of Thrones game where Westeros is mapped out on Earth and you join House Stark or whatever," he said.

He added that popular board games such as Risk could also be good candidates for the transition to augmented reality, smartphone-based adventures.

The revelation is far from official confirmation that fans will soon be setting off on Game of Thrones quests of their own, but it is far from an implausible idea, says The Independent.

Using the same mechanics of Pokemon Go – players hunting for imaginary monsters in real-world spots – a "virtual war for the Iron Throne" could work just as well.

More AR games are expected after the rapid success of Pokemon Go and with an average 25.1 million viewers per episode for season six, Game of Thrones would be a good franchise to pick up.

The paper also singles out Harry Potter as a possibility – indeed, fans have already set up a petition demanding such a game and have almost hit their 10,000 goal.

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