Dinosore: Telltale’s Jurassic Park Delayed

By Quintin Smith on April 27th, 2011 at 11:03 am.

Here today, horn tomorrow.

PC Gamer report that Telltale have sent an apologetic letter to everybody who pre-ordered Jurassic Park, stating that the game will not be coming out this month as planned and will instead be arriving this Autumn, together with fallen leaves and a creeping loss of daylight. The slightly funereal missive, which contains such grim strings of words as “This has been a hard choice for us,” “We regret any disappointment” and “We will begin issuing the refunds” can be read in full after the jump. Poor Telltale.

Except not that poor, as I’ve bolded one pertinent line in the below document.


I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Telltale Games and in particular for pre-ordering Jurassic Park: The Game for the PC. We expect 2011 to be big year for us with lots of exciting changes ahead and we couldn’t be doing it without the support of great customers like you. With Jurassic Park: The Game, in particular, we are moving in new directions, expanding our game mechanics and pushing our storytelling beyond anything you’ve seen from us before.

Our goal was to release the first episode of Jurassic Park: The Game this month, and currently we are very excited about how the game’s creation is progressing. The game’s mechanics and storytelling have come together in such a way that we see great potential, so much so that we feel we can push these elements to the next level if we spend some extra time working on them. It is because of this that we are delaying Jurassic Park: The Game on PC to ensure PC players get the best possible gaming experience.

We’ll be investing the extra time into making the game great and it will be released simultaneously on every platform this fall. We regret any disappointment on the part of our fans but we are confident you’ll be pleased with our decision when the game comes out.

This has been a hard choice for us, but it is the right decision. To thank you for your continued support of Telltale and for your pre-order for Jurassic Park: The Game we are going to issue you a 100% refund. In addition to your refund, we are also giving you your choice of any Telltale game free of charge because you are important to us. We will begin issuing the refunds over the next couple of days and will reach out to you with information via email on how to get your free game.
Sincerely,
Dan Connors
Chief Executive Officer
Telltale Games
1404 Sadness Street
Miserytown

OK, so Dan Connors doesn’t actually live in Miserytown. But he MIGHT AS WELL DO. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a developer offering refunds AND a free game when their game slips.

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25 Comments »

  1. Jade Raven says:

    But its already Autumn. In fact Winter is just around the corner…

    And thus the tyranny of the Northern Hemisphere continues.

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    Jp1138 says:

    Not only a refund: they give you a voucher you can use to buy any other game, including Jurassic Park! So they just gave the game for free to all the preorderers.

    • BloodPukeSalvation says:

      that sounds like a terrible business decision (mistake?). half off or something would make more sense. not only have they refunded all their pre-orders now but they will not see any of that money ever again?

      or… maybe there were only 10 pre-orders and it all seems like the perfect publicity stunt.

      telltale: suicidal upper management? or dirty genius’?

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      Man Raised by Puffins says:

      I suspect it’s a mistake. When Telltale give out ‘free game’ vouchers they’re usually restricted to just a single episode.

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      Jp1138 says:

      It has been confirmed in the forums:

      http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24408

    • Xocrates says:

      Telltale makes plenty of similarly silly promotions with quite some regularity, to the point where I have multiple copies of several episodes, got the Bone games without spending a penny, and gave away (or even ignored) countless discount/free episode coupons.

    • qrter says:

      This seems like a bit of a hysterical overreaction on Telltale’s part.

      “Here’s your money back, also have the game for free, and we’d love it if you could set fire to our Telltale offices while you’re at it.”

    • aerozol says:

      Only ‘suicidal’ if they had a lot of pre-orders.
      If they didn’t, it just makes people wish they had pre-ordered, and Tell-Tales look good, and rewards the loyal fanbase. Sounds pretty good to me.

  3. Xocrates says:

    No. The game was going to be multiplatform from the start. The difference being that now it will have simultaneous release, meaning they’ll also have more time to polish the PC version.

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    Cross says:

    That headline pun was ripped right out of Bulletstorm.

  5. Mario Figueiredo says:

    Dinosore: Telltale’s Jurassic Park Delayed

    Obviously Dinosnore, now.

  6. WASD says:

    Maybe Telltale think they need to create more interactive cutscenes?

  7. Deano2099 says:

    Ahh poor Telltale – their customer service is so good they do something like this and the reaction is more WTF? than “wow that’s brilliant” as it seems to make no sense whatsover from their perspective.

  8. edit says:

    Something to do with Poland.

  9. Optimaximal says:

    On one hand, it’s a shame I didn’t pre-order the game, as I’d like a free Telltale game.

    On the other hand, I’m not really too bothered as I haven’t really been enthralled by their recent output, as it’s all the same game with a different skin. (Yes, JP was looking to be ‘different’, but then they quickly fell back into their licensed game rut with BTTF after Devils Playground showed promise).

    • Hatsworth says:

      Wasn’t Puzzle Agent quite different? I heard it was basically a western Professor Layton.

  10. Hatsworth says:

    While the concept doesn’t appeal to me — at least if my belief that it’s pretty much structured like Heavy Rain is correct — I did love Jurassic Park as a kid, and might actually pick it up eventually, so I’m happy. The animation looked pretty bad in some earlier trailers IIRC.

    With the ubiquitousness of zombies in games lately, I secretly hope dinosaurs will gorge on the decaying husk of that trend once it dies. Apart from my personal inclinations, it seems like it would offer far more interesting game possibilities, so it probably won’t happen. As an example, fast moving targets in a fps wouldn’t be much good with analogue stick aiming, now would it?

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      Anthile says:

      Oh, I get it. Consoles are the antichrist etc. Never heard that one before.

  11. hosndosn says:

    Poor Telltale? They just seem to over-stretch their capacity (and talent?), lately, absorbing every franchise they can get their fingers on, and it’s starting to get stale. Especially once they pretty much abandoned the humor part completely (Jurassic Park isn’t terribly funny) and thus their greatest strength.

    That press release is Corporate for “we think the game currently sucks and are too embarrassed to release it”.

    When they started doing the Sam and Max episodes (which I really liked before they started re-using every single character 3 dozen times), I thought they’re just trying to find their own pace and eventually start coming up with their own, original franchises… but nothing came. We have ho-hum Back to the Future and Wallace & Gromit games, and the iconic names attached to these games are starting to be the best thing about them.

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    QuantaCat says:

    What yall complainin’ about. BTTF was OK – Good in my opinion.

  13. Nick says:

    The must have failed to “Press X to release game on time”.