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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:
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.
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.

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  • It's come full circle...
  • No offence TTG but while a Star Wars game would be great, Halo and Half Life would be pushing it. There are loads of people on the fourms that are saying they want comedy back in TTG's games. We had 2 serious games in a row and as i said before i have no idea if Fables and King's Quest are serious games. Plus in my opinion Tales of Monkey Island and Sam & Max Season 3 were 2 of TTG's best stories. Monkey Island even got darker in Episode 5 and it finally shows what happens if Guybrush loses and while Lechuck has been shown as kinda silly in some games we see what he can do if Guybrush is beaten. S&M had good plot twists in it. Please TTG we get you want to try out some more serious stories but if Fables is a serious game then we will have had 3 serious games in a row. Even with TWD we had people take over S&M Blog posts to complain about TWD Ep 3, People complaining if a episode is not out exactly a month later, Don't get me wrong there is people who are good and don't mind about episodes delay but still it was extremely annoying when someone tried to take over a blog post about S&M's 25th anniversary and try to conplain about TWD. But my point is while a Star Wars game would be great, a comedy game would be greater.
  • I'd say they should try for a Team Fortress 2 story.
  • Touch Star Wars and Halo all you want, but Half-Life has some big shoes to fill in place of Mark Laidlaw. If you think you're great enough to write stories for some of the best games in the industry then why don't you just write your own game?


    And the thing is, I'm not that worried about any stories they'd write for these franchises. They obviously wouldn't be as good as the original writers, but I could probably accept it. It's the gameplay that would drive me nuts. I just don't like Telltale's gameplay style.
  • Why are you reading these forums if you "don't like Telltale's gameplay style"? No one's forcing you to play them, and you're certainly outside Telltale's target audience.

    I really like the idea of a Telltale Half-Life game. They could even take a lighter look at it if they wanted. The original Half-Life was a pretty light game compared to Half-Life 2, and the Portal games take place in the Half-Life universe. I would love to see them bridge the gap between Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Centering the game around a pre-HL2 Eli Vance or Dr. Kleiner would be pretty perfect IMO. Show the events of the Combine taking over and the rebellion being formed. The possibilities are endless, really.
  • mosfet;757235 said:
    Why are you reading these forums if you "don't like Telltale's gameplay style"? No one's forcing you to play them, and you're certainly outside Telltale's target audience.
    He's just like me. Sticking around for the people.
    You are new here so I guess you like TTGs new style. Others have been around for quite some time seeing the game appeal for them decline more and more while the audience seems to grow exponentially. I am worried and so are a lot of old users here.
    And I still stick around just don't expect to see me in the TWD subforum or the Jurassic Dildo The Movie The QTE subforum.
  • There are ways not to be dickish about it though. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that you should be insulting about it every chance you get.
  • corruptbiggins;757248 said:
    There are ways not to be dickish about it though. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that you should be insulting about it every chance you get.
    Well I don't want an episodic Half-Life QTE movie thing. And I'm sure a lot of people think the same.
  • Blech. I've never liked Star Wars too much, so I'd rather Telltale not handle that.

    The idea of making an adventure spin-off for a non-adventure series is...interesting, though. Especially since as far as I know there's no precedent for that.

    Deus Ex would probably be a good candidate for such a treatment, though. That's probably my favorite setting in video game history. And yeah, Telltale handling the TF2 mercs would be incredible, as Poker Night already proved.
  • I only wish we would get ether 4 things, Sam & Max Season 4, Tales of Monkey Island 2, Strong Bad Season 2 (It would be a great comeback for Strong Bad), and Wallace & Gromit Season 2. If TTG were to take on a Valve game, I would want it to be Team Fortress 2. It would be great if the story was for example the robots manage to beat Red and Blu but both teams survive. They are forced into hiding while the robots take control. Finally it goes down to them having to use their brains and not their guns to take back control from the robots plus get backstory on each class.
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