while Telltale, which was formed no less than half a year ago, was unsuccessful with LucasArts and Purcell in terms of negotiations.
Umm. Surely any negotiations between Telltale, LucasArts & Purcell
are nothing more that conjecture?
I've seen no evidence that Telltale have even attempted to discuss Sam & Max 2 with LucasArts. All we've heard is that they 'don't talk with LucasArts', and that they were going to try and get the licence from Purcell once it expired at LucasArts.
But at any rate, I do agree with your sentiment. Other than the financing / publishing deal with Autumn Moon for Vampyre Story (which I think is great), I'll believe Bad-Brain's internal hype machine once I get to play their games... and not a moment beforehand.