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Season 4: Finalization of a Cancelled Project, or an Original Concept?

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As we all know, there have been quite a significant number of cancelled Sam & Max projects. The two most notable and well known are, or couse 'Freelance Police' and 'Plunge Through Space'. With Steve Purcell's new S&M blog, he has been posting quite a few pieces of concept art from these two projects, along with some other unnamed projects. This has really sparked my interest in a lot of the cancelled 'S&M' projects - 'Plunge Through Space' most of all; everything that he has posted from this cancelled project just seems really interesting, and I'm sure it could have become something great if it were ever finalized. And I'm sure the same goes for many other 'S&M' projects that have been cancelled over the years. Now, with Telltale and Steve Purcell able to do whatever they like with the franchise, there's is the possibility and opportunity to finalize these projects and turn them into something great.

So, the question is, should they do this? Or should they leave these old projects in the past and focus on something fresh? And if you do want one of the [titled] projects to be made into a game, then which one?

I look forward to hearing your opinions.

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  • In a perfect world, they would make a brand-new Sam and Max Season 4, and there would be a way to release Freelance Police and everything they had on Plunge Through Space.

    In a perfect world, there would be no lawyers ¬-¬

  • Actually, in a perfect world, Freelance Police and Plunge Through Space would be finished as originally intended, we'd get a 4th season, AND they'd make an awesome remake of Hit the Road.

    Sadly, ours is not that perfect world =/

    If I just had to choose one, then definitely Plunge Through Space first, I'm really interested in the space Desoto mostly.

  • @SunnyGuy said: Actually, in a perfect world, Freelance Police and Plunge Through Space would be finished as originally intended, we'd get a 4th season, AND they'd make an awesome remake of Hit the Road.

    Sadly, ours is not that perfect world =/

    If I just had to choose one, then definitely Plunge Through Space first, I'm really interested in the space Desoto mostly.


    I have to agree, I love the idea of the space DeSoto - and I'd love a remake of Hit the Road made all awesome like the Monkey Island 1 and 2 remakes that have or are coming out. Make it hand drawn and look like Steve Purcell's Sam and Max comic art style, that's what I say! ;-)

    EDIT: I have to take back what I said about the remake bit. I just saw a youtube video and it looks better than I remember. I don't think it needs a remake, just a re-release. :-)


    But sadly just because Steve and TellTale have got the Sam and Max property back doesn't mean they've necessarily gotten the rights on these games exactly. You see, despite Sam and Max being the starring characters, these games as far as I know were created by Lucasarts employees with Steve in an advisory role and as such are the creative properties of Lucasarts, though unreleased. They might give a legal stink if the script, concept art, or any characters created and copyrighted by the Lucasarts team that exist solely within those games and not created by Steve himself are used. For example, in the animated Tick series the characters Die Fledermaus and American Maid were originally not in the comics and were copyrighted by Walt Disney who had inherited Fox's line up of animated shows and could not be used in the following live action series, so instead the creators of the live action had to replace the characters with similar versions known as Batmanuel and Captain Liberty. So, in other words, taking the exact script or excerpts from it would mean stealing the work of the original writer or writers - unless they were brought on board or credited with permission, paid royalties, etc. The same goes for building characters off of concept art from the scrapped games - another example is the Ghostbusters the Video Game for the Wii having a Ray design remarkably like the artist Dapper Dan's concept art. The dispute was settled when the company admitted to using his concept art without legal permission and the compromise was to include Dapper Dan in the game end credits. Anyway, IF this were the case with Lucasarts and the canceled Sam and Max projects, this can't stop TellTale from taking the basic ideas (you can't copyright an unrefined concept - I can still make a superhero comic with similar concepts despite many already existing and copyrighted) of the canceled games - such as a DeSoto in space - and using that. Sure, the story may be different, there may be different characters for Sam and Max to meet, maybe they still have to rescue the Statue of Liberty, but without using the exact script or concept art TellTale can get past the legal barriers (that may or may not exist).

  • Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police Freelance Police!

    Yeah, I really think Telltale should do this, regardless of whatever LucasArts tells them to do.

  • I don't see why lucasarts can't just let telltale use elements from the cancelled games. It's not like they're going to be using them anytime soon in another game. They should just give them to someone who can use them.

  • See, I wouldn't know would they be able to re-work on Freelance Police and Plunge Through Space 'cos they were like for LucasArts and stuff. Other companies. So all that development that they had... I dunno would they need to ask permission from LucasArts in order to continue development and to use that stuff.

    But I'm the same, I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE for Season 4 to be Plunge Through Space. Everything I saw for that was just epic and I'd love to fly around in a flying DeSoto! :)

  • @ragdoll556 said: It's not like they're going to be using them anytime soon in another game.

    Fixed.
    @ragdoll556 said: But I'm the same, I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE for Season 4 to be Plunge Through Space. Everything I saw for that was just epic and I'd love to fly around in a flying DeSoto! :)

    I must admit that this is also the number-one reason that I want to see 'Plunge Through Space' made - so that we can use the flying DeSoto to... er, plunge through space!

  • Yeah, I mean, how could any fan not want to fly around in this?
    DesotoShip.jpg

    Seriously. I want to fly it and see if every key on my keyboard actually does something like Steve said they would.

  • @SunnyGuy said: DesotoShip.jpg

    *drools in Homer Simpson like fashion*

    @SunnyGuy said: Seriously. I want to fly it and see if every key on my keyboard actually does something like Steve said they would.

    That for me would be one of the best pieces of gameplay ever.

  • This makes Doc Brown's delorean look embarrassing.

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