In fact, LucasArts was making Special Edition before work started on Tales. "By a nose" according to the voice of Guybrush, but Special Edition was being made first all the same.
I also have to go in with the "I loved Telltale already" crowd. Rather, what these new things have done is give me a TON of respect for the new LucasArts President. It's plateauing my once ever-growing hatred I had for LucasArts as a company. Hell, I might even hate them less now!