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Open Letter to Telltale, anyone reading this forum (The XBox issue)

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Hi All,

I know this is a somewhat tricky issue but this will be an open letter to telltale from me. I own an xbox 360, and wanted to have my say on franchises I love and put a lot of time and money into via merchandising, such as JP and the Walking Dead. I apologise if this has been done before but I wanted to put my views forward and have them heard at least.

First off, I got nothing against PS3 or PC owners. Gamers are gamers, and I dont like the idea of non first party exclusives as I think it's deliberately designed to exclude people. I dont think any REAL gamer would wish games withheld from fellow gamers who happen to have different consoles.

I also have put what I would honestly say more love into JP and Walking Dead than many others . I am sure others in this forum feel the same since we all care enough to sign up and talk about it.I saw JP in awe as a child, brought all the action figures, including a big playset of the compound, books, mags, cards, you name it. Walking Dead, I have been a fan of the comics since it started, long before it was a popular tv show. I have every single trade and have my eyes on the action figures coming out.

So I feel that as someone who has love for both franchises, its a bit unfair I might miss out because I dont own a PS3 and because my technical knowhow on PCs is limited and my PC is not a games PC.

I genuinely would love both the walking dead and JP games but I fear because of back to the future, I will not be seeing either any time soon.

I understand there were some problems with Microsoft, from what I hear, with previous telltale games...and I know Microsoft can be greedy little SOBs. But thats no reason to punish potentially millions of customers who own their platform such as myself who certainly dont agree with many buisness practicies and moves they make. That hurts the products potential audience and the fanbase more than Microsoft.

I just want to know...a straight awnser if possible. Is there any hope of either game coming to xbox 360? If not, fine, I just want to at least not be strung along and told ''we are listening to fans who want it'' but without any real reply. I just want some honesty. If its not coming at all, I would rather know. Maybe there are factors that stop total honesty or discussions, but I would at least, if possible, like to know if there is ANY hope at all of seeing these games or if I should just give up following them and getting excited now.

I hope we can have a decent discussion on this full of maturity, honesty and most of all, fellow fans and gamers making good discussion and debate.

cheers, and hopefully this forum will be worth sticking around :)

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    There has been a lot of very open discussion about this going on in this forum, mostly with Back to the Future. Some discussion was rather quiet, some very loud, some decent, some aggressive. But any discussion about this subject boils down to this: TTG WANTS to make its games available to anyone, WANTS to publish on as many systems as possible (and in as many languages, come to speak of it), if possible. With BTTF, the decision was obviously that it wasn't worth the hassle - yet. Microsoft's de-scheduling of previous TT titles is obviously directly opposed to what Telltale's fundamental concept is.

    For JP, there are no platforms announced yet. Maybe you'll luck out. If you don't, however, it would be far better to direct complaints to Microsoft. I fear that right here, you're not addressing the root of the problem. :(

    /edit: It IS worth sticking around. Honestly. ;)
    And I'm absolutely sure the following posts will prove this.

  • @Vainamoinen said: There has been a lot of very open discussion about this going on in this forum, mostly with Back to the Future. Some discussion was rather quiet, some very loud, some decent, some aggressive. But any discussion about this subject boils down to this: TTG WANTS to make its games available to anyone, WANTS to publish on as many systems as possible (and in as many languages, come to speak of it), if possible. With BTTF, the decision was obviously that it wasn't worth the hassle - yet. Microsoft's de-scheduling of previous TT titles is obviously directly opposed to what Telltale's fundamental concept is.

    For JP, there are no platforms announced yet. Maybe you'll luck out. If you don't, however, it would be far better to direct complaints to Microsoft. I fear that right here, you're not addressing the root of the problem. :(

    /edit: It IS worth sticking around. Honestly. ;)
    And I'm absolutely sure the following posts will prove this.



    I'm sure if Telltale REALLY do want to make its games avalible to everyone, they can.

    MS are no angels, this I know...but every other publisher seems to work things out with them ok. I can't help but wonder if TT denied BTTF as a gesture to Microsoft rather than genuine difficulties of putting it on xbox. I'm sure if they wanted to work something out, they could.

    I can't do anything about MS. Trust me, I KNOW that they are flawed, and are pretty much idiots about some things (the whole refusing to open xbox to community created content like for example campaigns for left 4 dead and other community creation tools). But I dont think I and others should be punished for that.

    I don't blame TT at all by the way, sometimes hassles are a pain. But denying two or three series with huge amounts of fans on every console is somewhat self defeating, if only because they will be cutting off a HUGE amount of potential audience.

    I'm sure BTTF will do VERY well on PC and PS3, but why limit yourself when you have potentially millions of other customers?

    I just dont have the money any more to go out and buy a PS3 or new gaming PC, as much as I would love to. It's just not feasable at the moment. If I could for these games, I would.

  • I would love to see at least Jurassic Park go multy platform. I feel that it has a bigger audience then Back to the Future and that it would sell better than BTTF would if it went to 360.

    They haven't offically announced anything yet about what consoles Jurassic park will be going to. However, I would think since BTTF when to PS3 then Jurassic Park will be going there as well. But perhaps later on, and if there's enought demand for it, we'll see Jurassic Park and/or Back to the Future on the 360.

    I'm a bit of a PS3 fanboy. I admit that. But I can understand what your talking about and I think it does suck that some will not be able to play what could possibly be the best video game based off the Jurassic Park franchise ever. I hope that this one does go multy platform but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

  • That's a mature attitude to have :)

    I'm a bit of a 360 fan boy too. There's nothing wrong with console preference, the whole console wars thing is fun if you can not take it too seriously.

    But I always do feel for PS3 owners when something good for 360 is not announced for PS3. Because I simply think , instead of gloating, well the shoe is going to be on the other foot sometime, and how would I feel then if people gloated about it? So I always feel sympathy because I know how I would feel.

    It would honestly be a shame especially to see jurassic park and walking dead- not to insult back to the future, but as you say JP has a much bigger audience, and walking dead is a smash hit tv show now- never come to all platforms. They are mass audiences and deserve to be treated as such.

  • THis an article of someone playing jurassic park... on a xbox It's on the thread
    http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22396&page=5
    I have to assume this means it's getting a 360 release.

  • @waroftheworlds01 said: THis an article of someone playing jurassic park... on a xbox It's on the thread
    http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22396&page=5
    I have to assume this means it's getting a 360 release.



    I honestly could kiss you right now :D

  • If it's a hassle dealing with xbla , cant you just get it distributed through a boxed, retail product on disc?

    I mean thats how the majority of games are sold anyway, so it would expand the audience even further, to the casuals who might not bother with digital downloads and wouldnt otherwise know there WAS a new JP or walking dead game.

    what do ya think?

  • The episodic format doesn't apply well to a disc, and a big focus of Telltale's presentation yesterday was on a digital market due to the developer/publisher making more off of the game when sold digitally.

  • I have and love my 360. I hope it arrives there also. I want it foremost, though, to arrive on iOS. It would be fantastic on iPad.

    BTTF just arrived and is Apples game of the week. I'm assuming it may more than likely arrive for iPad, however, with no announcement I'm hoping at least for 360.

    I don't pc game...

    So I'm hoping with all of you 360 gamers, too...in case iOS is left out of this one.

  • At the end of the day Telltale can't force their games onto Microsoft's console service, they have to be allowed to sell them there. If I were you guys I would let Microsoft know you want their platform to be more open, that would go a long way to getting more small and indie developer's games on the Xbox.

    For me I am a PC only gamer, so I am glad Telltale prioritize my platform (and the platform adventure games were born on). That said I do agree that as many people as possible should have access to every game. There are many console games I wish I could play on my PC.

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