E3 2010 - TELLTALE: Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, More
E3 2010 - TELLTALE Showcase
The leader in episodic PC gaming had a new entry in a long running series, a new game ‘pilot’ and a couple of all time hit movie licenses to brag about at E3 2010 in Los Angeles. We took a look through their offerings at the show.
The Sam and Max series takes a turn to the sci-fi-noir in the upcoming new episode. The "Max has psychic powers" subplot continues as Sam goes hard-boiled in his search for his friend’s gray matter. A new interrogation mechanic, looking like the speech wheel for Mass Effect, propels the story with the franchise's comic edge in a brief linear fashion before the customary open adventure gameplay continues.
The signature artistic style of indie comic artist Graham Annabel (Grickle, Coraline) comes to gaming in Puzzle Agent, the story of the only member of the FBI’s Department of Puzzle Research who’s charged with the mission of investigating the shortage of the President’s favorite brand of eraser. This comic adventure in the point and click style of a Professor Layton title is part of Telltale’s ‘pilot’ program, being a self contained story that just leave the door open a crack for adaptation to episodic gaming. Puzzle Agent will be released in June of 2010 for PC and is ‘coming soon’ to the Wii.
Telltale CEO Dan Connors is aiming to give both of these hit movie properties the episodic game treatment. Preliminary work is still in progress, but Connors reports that he is hoping to build on the canon, “Its good for the franchise to give it a little more depth, we’ll take the basic ideas and explore new areas.” adding that they will take a look at, “the ‘black space’ in the films, areas that were there and had different things going on [off camera]. "That way, the player can go and experience what aren’t exactly film moments, but different perspectives on [those moments]." For the Jurassic Park adaptation the search is on for the ‘superstar’ dinosaur, a creature that can ‘haunt’ a scene like the Raptors of the first film. On Back to the Future, some original franchise talent, thus far unnamed has been in touch to offer help in the making of the new game.