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Telltale interested in "deeper" franchises (Star Wars, Half-Life, Halo)

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Telltale speculating about it's own future is always fun:

[quote]Telltale Games had one hell of a 2012. It released its successful adaptation of The Walking Dead (which GamesBeat named its Game of the Year).

How does the developer plan to follow that up? Well, it sounds like it wants to work on some of the biggest video game and movie franchises in existence.

“Coming from LucasArts, we always felt we could do a great Star Wars story game,” Telltale chief executive officer Dan Connors told Red Bull U.K. in an interview. “We also love the idea of building out a deeper story to a great game franchise — something like Half Life Stories or Halo Stories.”
Of course, the developer has nothing in the works that involves Halo, Half-Life, or Star Wars, but Connors and the rest of the team at Telltale believe they are ready for something of that scale.

“[Dan Connors was] speaking more to our goal of wanting to take on a major gaming franchise someday,” Telltale’s senior vice president of publishing Steve Allison told GamesBeat. “[We want] to build a narrative game series that supports another franchise — as we passionately believe [our game] would not compete with or cannibalize [Halo 4 or the next Half-Life.]“

Allison believes that a Telltale adventure game based on a major gaming or movie franchise would only boost player investment in the series. Especially since the developer’s games are so different from what most of these properties are best known for.

“Will we do this? Yes, we believe we will some time very soon,” said Allison. “But the franchises mentioned are totally speculative and used only as an example to frame the idea.”

So maybe Telltale won’t make a Star Wars, Halo, or Half-Life game, but it’s obviously pursuing something along those lines.[/quote]

I always thought Star Wars was a good match for Telltale, even though I'm not really a fan of the franchise. Can't really imagine what a Telltale version of Halo or Half-Life would look like though.

Ever since Telltale started flirting with Valve with Poker Night, the Sam & Max items in Team Fortress 2 and the TF2 easter eggs in Devil's Playhouse I quite fancied the idea of a Telltale TF2 side-story. The Team Fortress-comics that Valve publishes fit with Telltale's sense of humour pretty well.

Edit: Forgot to add the source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/01/04/the-walking-dead-developer-wants-to-work-on-star-wars-or-half-life-next/

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  • For God's sake, Telltale.
    If you have to handle a famous property, choose Indiana Jones. The last game was abismal, the movie franchise...well, "evaporated" :p. I just need another decent Indy story.

  • I just want Sam and Max season 4 and a second season of Monkey Island.

  • Indiana Jones I can see working if done to Telltale's usual standard

    Star wars as long not working with prequel and maybe staying in a more Star wars universe not star wars story- as in no Star wars film characters other than maybe a short appearance if they were set at the same time

    With Star wars I can see a bounty hunter Character working with point and click and universe as it is similar to a detective or other good point and click professions but I'm not sure about Jedi or QTE events as I feel it does a bit cheapen the experience and in this type of point and click I would rather a more classic feel

    I'm also not sure about shooters like Halo or half life as they don't suit point and click gameplay/storytelling
    Just my opinion and I'm sure whatever they do they will do it justice

  • @Sammy said: I just want Sam and Max season 4 and a second season of Monkey Island.

    Deffinately seconded though I haven't started Tales yet I'm in the middle of Curse of Monkey Island and I'm looking forward to playing the Telltale season

  • Well, if they choose to go for a big videogame IP, they better improve their engine, or the comparison between the original and the TTG's 8 years old engine would be devastating.
    Halo and Half-Life gamers-alike are really demanding on graphics... you would turn them off immediately. And BTW, don't they have to be ready for next-gen console later this year?

    BTW, it's not the scale of the project, but how you'll develope it.
    Save your money for the tech/QA department.

  • @Bloody Eugene said: Well, if they choose to go for a big videogame IP, they better improve their engine, or the comparison between the original and the TTG's 8 years old engine would be devastating.
    Halo and Half-Life gamers-alike are really demanding on graphics... you would turn them off immediately. And BTW, don't they have to be ready for next-gen console later this year?

    BTW, it's not the scale of the project, but how you'll develope it. Save your money for the tech department.

    The Telltale Tool and Source are the same age, for what it's worth.

  • @RAnthonyMahan said: The idea of making an adventure spin-off for a non-adventure series is...interesting, though. Especially since as far as I know there's no precedent for that.

    Well, there was that unreleased Warcraft adventure game.

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    The Star Wars universe is getting crowded. Frankly, it's been enough. I might like the "new" sequels if they try to do something really new (like: forget about the empire entirely, forget about the Jedi academy crap, forget about R2D2 and C3PO and tell a decent story for once); but even more games?! We've had Star Wars games for 30 years now. EVERYONE can do a Star Wars game. EVERY STUDIO "is ready" for a Star Wars game. This franchise has been killed with so many incredibly bad books, movies and games, how could you NOT be ready to make a Star Wars game? How could it go MORE wrong than what is already there, ready to be forgotten?

  • ....Can it really get more worse than Star Wars Kinect?

  • @ryannumber1gamer said: ....Can it really get more worse than Star Wars Kinect?


    Yes. just imagine Star Wars Kinect + the Jurassic [you know what] QTEs.

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