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Seeing as there are a lot of new posters coming here asking the same question, a FAQ seems like a good idea.

Q: Is there an official site?

A: 9/2/2010 - Indeed there is! Here is the link in case you haven't seen it yet...

http://www.telltalegames.com/bttf


Q: Where can I find official Telltale news, release dates etc regarding BTTF?

A: 3/26/2011 - For official updates, check out the Telltale blog, subscribe to the email newsletter/updates, or look for stickied threads on the forum here.


Q: When will Back to the Future be released? [EDITED]

A: 12/22/2010 - The date is set! Episode 1 will be released December 22nd!

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A: 12/2/2010 - Still no exact days, but we do know the release months for 4 of the 5 episodes courtesy of the official BttF Game trailer.
Episode 1 - December / Episode 2 - February / Episode 3 - March / Episode 4 - April
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Q: What platforms will Back to the Future - The Game be released on? [EDITED]

A: 10/25/2010 - The officially announced platforms are as follows...
PC, Mac, PS3 (via PSN) and iPad
As of right now, there are no plans to release the game on XBox 360 or the Wii consoles.

Q. What are the system specs for PC and Mac?

A: 12/17/10 - Official specs...

PC:
Minimum Specs
OS: XP / Vista / Windows 7
Processor: 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video Card: ATI or NVidia card w/ 256 MB RAM
Direct X: Direct X 9.0c
Audio card required

Recommended Specs
OS: XP / Vista / Windows 7
Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Video Card: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
Direct X: Direct X 9.0c
Audio card required

Mac:
Minimum Specs
OS: Snow Leopard
Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video Card: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
Not recommended for Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks

Recommended Specs
OS: Snow Leopard
Processor: 2.3 Ghz Intel or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Video Card: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
Not recommended for Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks

Q: Will the original actors be back to voice the characters? [UPDATED x2]

A: 10/23/2010 - It's now official that Michael J. Fox will not be reprising his role as Marty McFly, HOWEVER, Telltale has found a excellent replacement for him in A.J. Locascio. See the first link for the Behind the Scenes feature introducing Mr. Locascio and the second link to see his demo reel from YouTube with lines from the original BttF. You'll be impressed.... :D

Link - Behind the Scenes: Hey McFly!

Link - YouTube: A.J. LoCascio Demo Reel

A: 9/1/2010 - USA Today has announced that Christopher Lloyd WILL be reprising his role as Dr. Emmett Brown for the game. No other actors have been mentioned at the time of this update.
Being developed by Telltale Games, the Back to the Future game series will include the likenesses of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, who portrayed the characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the films, which listed Steven Spielberg among the executive producers. (Lloyd will also provide his voice for the games.)
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A: 8/13/10 - This is not known yet. However, in an interview with IGN during E3 2010, Telltale Games' chief technology officer and founder Kevin Bruner had this to say...
I asked if it would be possible to be called a "butthead" by the Biff Tannen. Bruner seemed to think there was a strong possibility I will be satisfied.
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Q: Will the game be translated/subtitled into other languages?

A: 9/1/10 - Nothing has been officially released about what languages the game will be translated or subtitled into. However, it's a safe bet that Telltale Games will do similar translations as they have for their other games.

Q: Is the Back to the Future going to be a prequel to the movies, a continuation of the trilogy or will it simply copy the plots of the movies? [UPDATED x2]

A: 10/23/10 - It's official now that the game will take place roughly 6 months after the events of the third movie. According to the Director of Episode 1, Dennis Lenart, the game will start out examining Marty's life without his best bud Doc, the DeLorean will then reappear and Marty will have to travel back in time to find Doc who's stranded somewhere. That, as of now, is all we know about the plot for the game.

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A: 9/8/10 - According to Telltale game designer Dennis Lenart in a interview with The SpoonyOne, the game will take place AFTER the original trilogy.
It's not a sequel necessarily, but it does take place after the events of the first three films.
Link (quote @ the 4:00 mark)

Q: What type of game will Back to the Future be? [UPDATED]

A: 10/23/10 - As expected, BttF The Game will definitely be an Adventure Game.

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Q: Will the game be canon in the Back to the Future Universe? [UPDATED x2]

A: 10/23/10 - Here is the answer to this very question from BttF series creator and Telltale consultant, Bob Gale in a Q&A he did with fan submitted questions from posters on this very forum!...
Only the movies are canon. Everything else fits into the 'what-if?' category, or might be canon in some alternate universe.
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A: 9/4/10 - In a interview with IGN at PAX, it was revealed that the team writing BttF is taking great care to make sure everything fits in with the time-line established in the films...
According to Telltale, one of the great challenges when scripting the Back to the Future games is dealing with the three separate timelines established by the movie trilogy. A lot of fun ideas have been scrapped because they would cause a paradox (the really bad kind) with the events in the films. Those that survive this process are further trimmed by one final check: it has to pass the test of "would this happen in the films?" Apparently, authenticity has caused a lot of sleepless nights among the Back to the Future team.
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A: 8/13/10 - Going back to Sinaz20's post, it's safe to assume that it will be...
As with any licensor, we are bound by guidelines, rules, and cannon that the property owners consider essential to the license. Even if we create new characters, they have to be approved by the Bob Gale/Universal machine, who so far have been very excited by the ideas we have been presenting them, and have been tossing equally exciting "why not's" back at us. We are pretty much ignoring the cartoons, for what it's worth, and focusing simply on the cannon as presented in the movies and creating new cannon with the blessing of Bob Gale.
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Q: Who do I get to play as in the Back to the Future game? [UPDATED]

A: 10/25/10 - According to game director Dennis Lenart, the player will play as Marty McFly.

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A: 8/13/10 - Yet once again, we don't know. As you can see, there isn't a whole lot that's "officially" known about the game yet. However, the likelihood is that it will be about the main characters we know and love; Marty, Doc, Biff, etc. According to the previously quoted Sinaz20...
Ultimately, something I emphasize almost every time I respond to a thread here, those of us working on Back to the Future are passionate about the movies. We don't want to make a game that features random, unknown characters driving a time travelling Mini Cooper.

For us, it's all about Doc, Marty, Biff, Einstein and a DeLorean-- and the family-based drama they deal with throughout time in Hill Valley.
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Q: I have a question that wasn't covered here, where can I find that answer?

A: 12/18/10 - First thing you'll want to do is check out this link....

General Telltale Games FAQ

If your question still isn't answered there, please read through the later posts in this thread (roughly page 17 or so) to see if your question has already been asked.

If your question STILL isn't answered, then feel free to post your question and see if any of us can answer it.
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    Vainamoinen Moderator
    Bump. And I mean, mega-bump. :D
  • In regard to when the game will take place, Bob Gale has said it will take place 6 months after the events of the third movie. (Starting time anyway)

    The reference to this is from an interview that was linked on the Telltale Games Twitter a week ago.........
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    Vainamoinen Moderator
    mcfly88;391811 said:
    In regard to when the game will take place, Bob Gale has said it will take place 6 months after the events of the third movie
    Yes he did, and unlike his previous interview quotes (you know, the one about the release in early November, LOL), this one was carefully filtered by Telltale and put on their own blog, so that information about the game out of Bob's mouth comes as close to being official TTG news as it gets. ;)
  • I think early Nov is still a possibility.
  • No it isn't. Unless "This winter" means "This fall".
  • I could see the game being available for pre-order very soon, but maybe not up for release till...early decemberish...maybe?

    That's the way it was for Sam & Max, and Tales, right? Episode 1's were available about 5 weeks after pre-order began.
  • plrichard;389309 said:
    Right now it's only going to be on the Atari 2600, the Dreamcast, and the Virtual Boy. However, Telltale has plans to expand to some newfangled next-gen consoles as well as possibly a computer operating system or two. Looks like we're just going to have to wait it out, Alan.
    Hey, I got one of those systems! Just bought it last year after selling my first one in 2001-2. Seriously the Dreamcast is the most underrated system ever, and I love playing it every week at least. And yes, I know you were being sarcastic lol. :D
  • U know ... as much as I hope this sticks to the EXACT way the movies & series goes ... wouldn't i be rad if not only they time traveled through the years of Hill Valley; but also perhaps DISTANCE traveled?

    The time machine IS a car. Get them to goto DC or something ... be kinda cool. Or make them drive past Universal Studios. ;-)
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    Vainamoinen Moderator
    jp-30;391890 said:
    I think early Nov is still a possibility.
    Although Telltale has a ridiculously short release date announcement to actual release time span, they never managed three weeks, I think. (IIRC - this is very hard to research. Help anyone? ;) ). Also, if the release date is announced too late, pre-orders would be damaged quite a bit; and we're still waiting for WINTER to actually begin.
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