What's New with Telltale Games
Lynn, TJ, and I got to sit down with Telltale Games on Day 2 of our E3 adventure. For those who may not know, Telltale Games is the company behind the Sam & Max, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventure game series. Flip over to the other side to read more on what’s new with Telltale Games.
Let’s start with the press release:
June 1, 2009 – LucasArts today announced that the original hilarious pirate adventure is back, with two new projects underway based on the classic Monkey Island franchise. First, Telltale will premiere the Tales of Monkey Island™ game series, delivering a completely new epic storyline and swashbuckling flair that will unfold across five monthly episodes on PC and WiiWare™ beginning with the season premiere episode on July 7. The Monkey Island celebration continues later in the summer when LucasArts publishes The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition, a completely re-imagined version of the first game in the series that adds updated high definition graphics, a re-mastered musical score, and full voiceover to the classic adventure game originally launched in 1990. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be made available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC.
Today’s announcement represents a new partnership between LucasArts and digital entertainment pioneers Telltale who are crafting new experiences for today’s audiences with engaging stories delivered through regular monthly episodes. Tales of Monkey Island is developed by Telltale, whose team includes designers and artists who worked on all of the previous Monkey Island games. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is being developed internally by LucasArts, the company that started it all with the original Monkey Island games.
Having seen the gameplay of the first episode from Telltale, I am really excited to check out Tales of Monkey Island. The game looks good. I had never played the previous Monkey Island, but I think I’m going to have to go back and pick them up. The game looks fun, comical, and entertaining. How can you go wrong with comical pirates? Look for the first episode on PC and Wii June 7, 2009.
Also on the list of stuff we got to see was the new episode of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventure. Episode 3, Muzzled, features a new character and a lot of dogs. Monty Muzzle, a newcomer in town, is holding a grand fundraiser to rebuild the local dog shelter. Gromit soon realizes that Muzzle’s intentions aren’t exactly charitable and he must foil the huckster’s plot to save the town’s investment and rescue his canine friends. For those who didn’t read my review of the first two episodes, I love Wallace & Gromit. This game is just like playing the shorts. I’m very excited to play the next episode. And from what I saw today, Muzzled will live up to the first two episodes with new adventures and new puzzles. Look for it later this month.
All in all, I am very excited with what Telltale Games had to show, and I can’t wait to see what they have for us in the future. If you want more information on Telltale, or you’d like to play their games, check out their website at www.telltalegames.com. Check back soon for reviews!