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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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  • Its a thousand years late!

    I wouldn't mind seeing a game based on the originals (4 5 and 6) they are classics and I think it would be cool if there was a new game where you got to play it out.

  • @coolsome said: Its a thousand years late!

    I wouldn't mind seeing a game based on the originals (4 5 and 6) they are classics and I think it would be cool if there was a new game where you got to play it out.



    I'd personally not enjoy a point and click that is actually the movie

    We would already know all the solutions to the puzzles

    I can see a story going on parallel to the original trilogy and have stuff life the main character seeing Luke and Han in a bar but not a direct game

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    I'm not opposed to the "big movie franchises" in principle. But how about some that have NOT been gameified to death yet. There's no other franchise that's as tainted as Star Wars is. 24 games by my last rough count! No_need_for_more.

    Sure, I'd be ecstatic if Telltale got the Indy license, but mostly because that would force them to go back to the adventure roots of the franchise. There's scarcely any other movie franchise that lets you incorporate challenging puzzle solving without a feeling that it doesn't really belong into the story line.

    Heck, even the action scenes would be something to look out for. For triple A franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Telltale just could not get away with pseudo action like QTEs or "press W to advance" sequences.

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    @Vainamoinen said: I'm not opposed to the "big movie franchises" in principle. But how about some that have NOT been gameified to death yet. There's no other franchise that's as tainted as Star Wars is. 24 games by my last rough count! No_need_for_more.

    It's at least 60. But who's counting.

  • What do you mean Darth? If we got a dancing Star Wars game with Kinect controls can it get much worse?

  • How about a Star Wars dating sim. You play Jabba and need to get Leia to "give herself to you". Would that be worse?

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  • Well great, You have made Star Wars worse than Star Wars Kinect. What do you want to do next? Make a Phantom Menace extended cut with 2 extra hours?

  • @ryannumber1gamer said: Well great, You have made Star Wars worse than Star Wars Kinect. What do you want to do next? Make a Phantom Menace extended cut with 2 extra hours?



    That depends. If the two extra hours aren't political pseudo-speak that makes me want to rip my hair out because I'm so damn bored, sure.

    @ryannumber1gamer said: I'm okay with this, because I saw it coming a long time ago. Adapt the Thrawn stories Telltale.

    Sure, why not. We can get those crappy voice actors to try and sound like the real characters. That's one of the things that bugged me once we moved out of the SNES era. The only decent voice actors(doing canon roles) for Star Wars games lately have been the guy that did Vader and the guy that did Yoda for The Force Unleashed games. Not counting Bail Organa's voice actor since they DID get Jimmy Smits for that. No one's been able to really do these character's voices.

  • @Shadowknight1 said: That depends. If the two extra hours aren't political pseudo-speak that makes me want to rip my hair out because I'm so damn bored, sure.



    Well I just feel we could use those two hours to explain Midichlorians and show the childhood of JarJar with his people. Sounds good?

  • @der_ketzer said: Well I just feel we could use those two hours to explain Midichlorians and show the childhood of JarJar with his people. Sounds good?



    Meh, still be better than the political schlock on Coruscant.

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