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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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  • As much as a nice scenario that would be, Lattsam, that's... rather naive of you. No offense.

    Still, that would be pretty cool to have that game back in production. Granted, I'd prefer the 'Plunge Through Space' concept, but really, I'm just up for any new material, regardless of concepts being dredged back up from cancellations, or being completely new.

  • As awesome as it would be, the sad truth is we're more than likely never going to see these games come to fruition.

    Freelance Police is still LucasArts property. Telltale can't finish the game, nor can they use anything from it, just like with Hit the Road. Even if LucasArts wanted to finish the game (and they don't), they no longer have the Sam and Max license. You may ask yourself "Can't Telltale and LucasArts work out a deal?" Probably, but it wouldn't benefit either of them as much as what they're doing now. Telltale can make Sam and Max games by themselves just fine without having to share the profits with another company, and LucasArts does well enough by releasing an endless sea of Star Wars crap.

    Plunge Through Space is a different story. Infinity Machine, the company developing it, went bankrupt, so I don't really know its legal status. Did it revert to LucasArts when they re-acquired the Sam and Max license? If that's the case, could it belong to Telltale already since the Sam and Max license is now theirs? Did Steve Purcell get the rights after Infinity Machine went bankrupt since he owns Sam and Max? Are the rights just floating around, belonging to nobody, waiting for someone to get their hands on them? I don't know. But I do know that if Telltale was able and willing to finish Plunge Through Space, it would've happened by now.

  • I wish they could make the abandoned game plots into DVD movies or something....

  • @Irishmile said: I wish they could make the abandoned game plots into DVD movies or something....

    What about a book?

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  • @Irishmile said: I wish they could make the abandoned game plots into DVD movies or something....

    I think Steve has expressed some interest in making Plunge Through Space into a comic.

    Of course, he's too busy with Pixar to do anything Sam and Max-related right now besides be an advisor for Telltale.

  • @ragdoll556 said: 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.

    The same went for using the Sam and Max characters in games (Lucasarts abandoned the two). Steve Purcell had to wait for years to get the rights to his own characters back!

  • @lattsam said: 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 think so too, but George Lucas has more money to spend on lawyers than they do.

  • @Hayley the Hedgie said: 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! :)

    I wish I had seen the stuff for that... That'd be awesome. But sadly I think you're right about Lucasarts' rights on Freelance Police and Plunge Through Space. There's a lot of original developers that would either need to be credited or further paid as well as TellTaleGames purchasing the rights to those individual games, which they may or may not want or are able to spend the money on.

  • @RAnthonyMahan said: I think Steve has expressed some interest in making Plunge Through Space into a comic.

    Of course, he's too busy with Pixar to do anything Sam and Max-related right now besides be an advisor for Telltale.

    I would buy that book.

  • @SunnyGuy said: 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.

    I might try to model this.

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