My Comments on the Telltale Pilot Program (Warning Long Post)
Hey there Telltale.
I know it’s only been less than a month that we’ve heard about “Puzzle Agent” and less than a week since you guys have announced the “Telltale Pilot Project” but there still are some questions I have to ask about this new ‘risk’ you guys are taking episodic gaming. For starters let me just say well done on creating a Pilot program; this shows that you guys have taken the next logical step to episodic gaming (in my opinion at least). This is because you guys are doing exactly what you have always said you’d do: treat your games like a season of a television series.
But to me the most important feature about the Pilot Program is that it gives you guys the ability to become more creative in both the story and design of your games. With this Pilot program you’re able to work on projects that are not quite ‘main stream’ as your previous titles are and also looking into new ideas that would not regularly become games in the first place.
But now this brings up my major question:
How does the Pilot program work/is going to work? I know that this may be considered something along the lines of a magician revealing his secrets, but it still is a question that needs to be asked. Who will you contact to think up these new ideas within and outside of Telltale? Will you allow outsiders that you’ve had no previous working experience with come submit their pitch? How many pilots do you intend to do in the course of a year?
I know these are all big questions, but I think that this is a good thing since it means that you guys are breaking out of a regular format and diving into something new, exciting and (hopefully) fun. Will it work? It’s up to you guys, but I personally think that this step forward is exactly the kind challenge that you guys can face up against without much hassle considering the fact that the company has grown so much in such a short amount of time. Anyway in short I wish you all the best of luck on “Puzzle Agent” and the rest of your planned Pilots in the not so distant future.
Anyway I just wanted to throw these comments out there because I think it's an important topic to discuss and think about especially since video games are a constantly evolving medium that still is in its early stages and therefore still has a lot of untapped potential that hasn't even been thought up yet.
Keep up the awesome work.