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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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  • @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.

  • I support resurrecting the SCUMM sequel planned for a year or so after Hit the Road, where development was to be headed by Grossman.

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



    Ah, God a new Sam & Max comic would be just what the doctor ordered...

    because, in reality, it's quite a shame that the franchise's original format is almost extinct. :(

  • 'Plunge Through Space' was based on a story idea Purcell had before production so atleast the core outline of the story would belong to him. 'Space was planned to be an action/adventure, an outlet that I think Sam and Max shoud experiment with. So should Telltale make a game about 'Space? I think if they do they should make it as it was meant to be played, if not they should leave it be.

  • @Sausy Gibbon said: 'Plunge Through Space' was based on a story idea Purcell had before production so atleast the core outline of the story would belong to him. 'Space was planned to be an action/adventure, an outlet that I think Sam and Max shoud experiment with. So should Telltale make a game about 'Space? I think if they do they should make it as it was meant to be played, if not they should leave it be.



    I wholeheartedly agree. And I've always thought Sam and Max should integrate more action. The Sam and Max from the comics are more likely to use violence than their adventure game counterparts. It'd be nice to have gameplay include using the gun more and beating criminals senseless. You know, like in the source material. ;-)

  • @Hayley the Hedgie said: Ah, God a new Sam & Max comic would be just what the doctor ordered...

    because, in reality, it's quite a shame that the franchise's original format is almost extinct. :(




    You're right. Although not everyone agrees, as a comic artist myself I would be more overjoyed to hold a new Sam and Max graphic novel in my hands than a new video game. I'm fascinated by ink on paper. Something about lines on paper that really fascinates me and causes me to be a dreamer.

  • I think they should do a Plunge Through Space theme, give Max back his Psychic Powers and make them drive to a space statue of liberty in a badass space car with a cannon in the front.
    Of course, it probably will be fresh and new. An older canceled game is highly unlikely as Telltale has said about Freelance Police many times.

  • Okay, here's what I want to see:

    First, Steve magically comes by that thing from that show where you go inside and do stuff for a year, and then you come out and only a day has passed, which enables him to make Plunge Through Space as a graphic novel without getting in the way of his other obligations (alternately, Steve gets a gigantic advance which allows him to do away with those obligations without the need for fictional, metadimensional spaces).

    Telltale magically comes into an enormous sum of money which they use to buy the rights to Freelance Police from Lucasarts. BUT, "Freelance Police" isn't Season 4. Season 4 (and 5, and 6, and so on; end list at whatever point Telltale decides to stop making Sam & Max games) proceeds as normal, and Freelance Police is a side project; a small team is dedicated to it and takes a couple of years to work on it while the main staff gets on with their thing.

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