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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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  • TTG have mate it pretty clear that they are all about digital... less production costs, direct line to consumers, no middle-men, etc.. We do get collector's DVDs at the end and hopefully always will, but a big console release on a disc is very unlikely.

    That said I would guess that if the PC/iOS/Mac versions sell amazingly well that they might get a publisher to pay for a mass retail release.

  • I'm merging this thread with the other xbox thread you created.

  • As an XBox owner I would also love to see Jurassic Park and Back to the Future made available on the platform as well. I think patience may be the key here and it wouldn't surprise me to see it happen eventually, maybe after all the episodes of each game are released? If it doesn't, you would really have to ask yourself why. Purely form a marketing standpoint it doesn't make sense for Telltale to ignore a platform as big as XBox Live Arcade when you consider all the profit they would be missing out on.

  • The thing thats bothering me the most is that there's no definite yes or no

    Just ''maybe''.

    I mean if TT are probably never going to get it on 360, I would rather know and not keep hoping and being strung along. I would rather know straight up if its likely to happen or not. I dont see the secrecy and why TT cant give a straight awnser about it.

  • The main reason I think why there isn't really any comments on issues like this is probably due to company policy. I mean, there will be absolutely loads of things going on behind the scenes that we don't have a clue about, and this is just one of those things. Besides, I'd rather they spend more of their time creating games than posting on internet forums. Don't get me wrong, I do like to see the odd game related communication from the hard working guys and gals but for most of them it's not their place to say what is or isn't happening with regards to company decisions. And if they make an exception for one thing, like this 360 business, it'll be started to be expected of them, to comment on stuff like that.

  • It's likely that Telltale just honestly don't know yet if it will be on Xbox. Microsoft is notorious for being hard to get games through and if they do a disc then they would need a publisher.

    It's probably very up in the air.

  • @AdamantiumHip said: The thing thats bothering me the most is that there's no definite yes or no

    Just ''maybe''.

    I mean if TT are probably never going to get it on 360, I would rather know and not keep hoping and being strung along. I would rather know straight up if its likely to happen or not. I dont see the secrecy and why TT cant give a straight awnser about it.

    Right now, all I can really say is that we are continuing to work with platform holders to get our games out to as many folks as possible. We don't have any console platforms for Jurassic Park to announce at this time though.

    That's really all I have to say right now, but I'll leave you with this. If let's say, the Schick razor company wanted to sell their products at Target stores, but went around saying this and that about Target, would Target be thrilled to carry Schick products?

  • @AdamantiumHip said: 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?

    That would indeed solve the problems Telltale has with XBLA, but it'd also open a share of new problems.

    1. To start, a disc release can't happen until every episode is released. 360 gamers wouldn't be able to start the series until long after it's finished on the PC. I'd like to turn your attention to the only time so far Telltale has given an episodic series a console disc release: The Wii versions of the first two Sam and Max seasons. Season One came to the Wii a year and a half after it finished on the PC. Season Two took two years. As Wallace and Gromit has shown, XBLA isn't friendly to Telltale's episodic format and has caused the episodes horrible delays, but a disc release would mean waiting even longer.

    2. The thing about digital distribution is there's no middleman to deal with, meaning most (if not all) of the profits can go straight to the developer. With a disc release, that isn't the case. To start, they'll need a publisher (the Wii versions of the first two Sam and Max seasons were published by The Adventure Company and Atari, respectively), so some of the profits need to go to them. The discs would be sold in stores, so profits need to go to them. People have to manufacture and ship the discs, so profits have to go to them. It ends up being a lot less convenient for Telltale.

    3. There's no guarantee it'd be a proper port. The Wii versions of Sam and Max were...not unplayable, but they had their share of problems. Granted, the porting was handled by The Adventure Company and Atari. I'm sure it would've turned out better if Telltale had handled it themselves. But that's just thing: Right now they're working on BttF, Jurassic Park, The Walking Dead, Fables, Puzzle Agent 2, King's Quest, and who knows what else that they're not ready to announce just yet. Telltale's not a big company, and there's so much work spent on making new games they can't bother with re-releasing older ones. Any disc releases would probably be ported by another company, and whether they'd do a good job or not is anyone's guess.

    While I don't work for them and can't say for sure, I seriously doubt Telltale will give one of their episodic series a disc release for the Xbox 360. I can see it happening on the Wii just because WiiWare is incredibly restrictive, but for the 360 XBLA would really be the better option.

  • @Alan Johnson said: Right now, all I can really say is that we are continuing to work with platform holders to get our games out to as many folks as possible. We don't have any console platforms for Jurassic Park to announce at this time though.

    That's really all I have to say right now, but I'll leave you with this. If let's say, the Schick razor company wanted to sell their products at Target stores, but went around saying this and that about Target, would Target be thrilled to carry Schick products?

    I know this is an XBox 360 thread/topic (which I own also) however, I do wonder about arrival on iPad being a likely platform candidate or not?

    I don't have a great gaming pc so it's really down to XBox or iPad...

    Crosses fingers.

  • @Pacificsun0481 said: I know this is an XBox 360 thread/topic (which I own also) however, I do wonder about arrival on iPad being a likely platform candidate or not?

    I don't have a great gaming pc so it's really down to XBox or iPad...

    Crosses fingers.

    Between those two its prolly gonna be xBox because a game that holds this kind of graphics and power could possibly blow up your iPad (although im hoping for both also)... but then again, Telltale has suprised me in teh past, mostly on that night when they released that amazing debut trailer of the upcoming Jurassic Park game!

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