Posts Tagged ‘Telltale Games’

Former Telltale CEO Sues Telltale Games

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Might not be the most exciting story today, but this feels like a bit we need to cover. Last month, Telltale delayed The Wolf Among Us 2 until 2019 due to vague “we’re making it better we promise” reasons. This comes at the end of a year or two of reports that life at Telltale is not going well, and that the internal operations have become increasingly toxic. Kevin Bruner, who helped launch the company in 2004, started as chief technology officer before becoming CEO in January 2015, and was forced out last year. Now he’s suing Telltale for how his removal was handled. It’s pretty complicated.

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Telltale and Netflix trade Minecraft for Stranger Things

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Minecraft and Stranger Things have gone hand-in-hand before, as seen in the official crossover skin pack above, but this deal between streaming megalith Netflix and adventure game studio Telltale (as reported by Techradar) seems a little more direct. Telltale will be adapting their Minecraft: Story Mode games into an interactive, streaming video series for kids on Netflix, while Netflix will be granting the studio the Stranger Things license, presumably to create yet another series of their episodic choose-your-own-adventure games.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season starts in August

Clementine’s long and tragic journey will begin to draw to its end (one way or another?) on August 14, Telltale Games announced today, when the first episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season arrives. We’re revisiting Clem as she begins to shoulder even more of the burdens of surviving the zombie apocalypse, trying to build a safe home and protect people – including a little orphan of her own. They grow up so fast. Here, catch a glimpse in this new trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wolf Among Us 2 will not be among us until 2019

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Like a lot of Telltale stuff, I got really excited for The Wolf Among Us because I adored Bill Willingham’s Vertigo comic book series. I played the first episode of season one and was like “Hell yeah, check out that hot wolfdadbod. Rawr!” And then I failed to see it through for way too long. Never fear, dear reader, for I finally finished season one back in March. It is… so good. Few things in recent games have simply oozed that level of style, and I am here for it. Unfortunately, today we’ve been told that Telltale is pushing back the release of The Wolf Among Us 2 into 2019.

This is the result of “fundamental changes” around Telltale Games. Changes like laying off a quarter of your staff and potentially switching game engines. Ch-ch-ch-changes.

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The Joy of Telltale’s Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle

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As an actual adult human being who still reads DC comics, I have to put up with a lot of BatBullShit. It’s not the brooding that gets to me or even the weird and sudden flips between psychologically scarring street-level crimefighting and wacky Justice League space adventures. It’s not the callbacks to events from previous decades that I don’t care about or understand, and it’s not even the fact that the world’s greatest detective solves far too many problems by punching people until they stop moving.

It’s the romance that bothers me. The sexytimes. I really don’t care if Batman and Catwoman are making out on a rooftop, or tearing off each other’s costumes in Crime Alley or some other unfortunate locale. It’s not that I object to any of these mostly miserable characters having a bit of fun every once in a while, but just as in a computer game when two doll-like faces smash together and I’m supposed to pretend I’m witnessing a passionate and intimate moment, these caped and costumed comic characters don’t seem real enough for anything other than the kind of sex-free coupling that Ken and Barbie might engage in.

How remarkable, then, that Telltale’s Batman Series actually had my favourite romantic moment in any game I’ve played for a good while.

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Best Frenemies Forever – Batman: The Enemy Within’s final episode is live

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The worst kept secret of Telltale’s digital choose-your-own-adventures is that there’s really not much choosing involved. While incidental details may change, the main thrust of the story doesn’t. That may also be the case for the final episode in Telltale’s well received second season of Batman adventures, but while your decisions may eventually lead roughly to the same end, it feels like every call carries extra weight this time, as you help define your personal origin for a truly legendary antagonist.

Concluding Batman: The Enemy Within, the fifth and final episode – Same Stitch – is out now, and its two launch trailers paint two very contrasting pictures of the man who is to become The Joker.

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90 people lose jobs at Telltale

Telltale Games have laid off 90 people today, shrinking the company’s workforce by around 25%. The company says it won’t affect any of their currently announced projects, which includes The Walking Dead’s fourth season, Batman: The Enemy Within, and a second season for Wolf Among Us. Read the rest of this entry »

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy season finale out today

The fifth and final part of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy episodic adventure blasts off today, wrapping up the first season. It’s got everything: friendship; loss; action; supervillains; banter; big guns; and the sense that everyone and everything you have known and loved may soon be destroyed. Now I’m no Albert Shakespeare but that sounds like the sum total of human existence to me. Read the rest of this entry »

The Walking Dead’s final season brings back Gary Whitta

Veteran The Walking Dead storyman Gary Whitta will return to the episodic zombie apocalypse story ’em up for its fourth and final season, Telltale Games announced today. Whitta was story consultant on the first season and wrote its fourth episode, as well as contributing to add-on episode 400 Days, but hasn’t been involved with it for years. The series has declined over the years so hopefully he might help reverse this.

Telltale have also announced they’re working on prettied-up versions of their earlier Walking Dead games for a big console collection, though they haven’t confirmed if those will come to PC too. (Update: doesn’t look like it.) Read the rest of this entry »

Batman: The Enemy Within removes photo resembling real murder victim

Telltale Games have hastily updated the latest episode of Batman: The Enemy Within [official site] to remove an in-game photograph of a murder victim which bore a striking resemblance to a real-world photo of murdered Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov following his assassination. Telltale avoid addressing how this happened, but do say they “regret this incident occurred” are “taking appropriate internal action”. Read the rest of this entry »

Enter The Riddler’s torture chamber in Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within trailer

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Feast your eyes on a new trailer for the Batman: The Enemy Within [official site], the second season of Telltale Games’ trip to Gotham. I say feast, it might be more cover-and-squeal, because there’s a particularly nasty sequence of The Riddler, the villain of choice this time around, torturing a man for information.

You don’t actually watch the gore but you see the choppy-choppy contraption and hear the saw blades and the screams and your imagination does the rest. Oh, and The Joker makes an appearance too. Read the rest of this entry »

Telltale announce more Batman, Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us

Episodic storytellers Telltale Games have announced a trio of new seasons for some old games. More Batman, more The Walking Dead, and more The Wolf Among Us are in the pipeline. Batman’s second season will start in August while the others are expected in 2018. Click on for a blast of Taletellers gabbing about the games. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t expect more of Telltale’s Wolfamongus or Borderlands any time soon

Update: Well ho ho ho don’t I look a fool. Telltale have since announced a new season of Wolfamongus, along with more Batman and The Walking Dead. But no mention of new Borderlands, sadly.

If you’ve been hoping to hear more from Telltale Games about new seasons of The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands, don’t hold your breath unless you’re willing to pass out over and over for an indefinite — and possibly endless — time. After That There Internet You Get Nowadays became excited about a marketing hint internauts took to be about an impending Wolfamongus announcement, Telltale marketman Job Stauffer stepped in with a hose to cool everyone’s jets. Nope, it sounds like Telltale won’t release me of either any time soon (if they ever do?). Read the rest of this entry »

Humble selling best Telltale games for 15 smackeroos

Oh boy, have we got sales news for you, vast gaping maw of collective consumerism. Isn’t it a beautiful day for buying things? The Humbler Bundlers have put together a bunch of Telltale’s better games for $15. Yes, everyone has probably already got their critically acclaimed zombies ‘n’ conversation games based on the Walking Dead. But has everybody got Batman? Has everybody got Game of Thrones? Has everybody got…

*squints at notes*

“Bone: The Great Cow Race”?
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Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode has started season 2

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Young people: what are they like? We just don’t know. We’ve all heard the unlikely stories of these ‘twenty-somethings’ getting jobs, going to university, making friends, acquiring and using yoyos, and even playing video games, but what are the young’uns really into? You can now resume your undercover investigations, as Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 [official site] has started. Telltale released the first episode last night, which follows on from the 2015-2016 season with more cubical adventuring in the traditional Telltale way. It’s like The Walking Dead but with YouTubers instead of murderers and cannibals, yeah? That’s what young people like. Look: Read the rest of this entry »

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy continues in Ep 2 today

The second episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives later today, and it seems it’ll bring a fork in the spaceroad. A trailer heralding the launch gabs about choosing between a path digging into Rocket’s path and one going into Gamora’s family as the gang of spacefriends investigate a doohickey. Do you love your spacesister or your dogbrother more? I’m sure they’ll remember that. They’ll probably allude to it over Spacechristmas dinner then slowly build up to a meltdown during the Spacechristmas Doctor Who. Anyway! Have a look in the trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

The Walking Dead season 3 finale is just 10 days away

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If you’ve been itching to tie up all the loose ends in The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier [official site], then you won’t have to wait much longer. Telltale Games have announced that the conclusion of season three of their point-and-click zombie ’em up will shuffle onto screens on 30 May and will be called From the Gallows, which sounds pretty ominous.

They’re keeping their cards very close to their chest on this one. There’s not even a trailer to look at yet – that won’t arrive until next week.

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The Walking Dead S3E4 blazing out on Tuesday

April 20th is shaping up to be a big day for ‘Deadheads’, as fans of The Walking Dead call themselves. You’ll have seen Deadheads today talking about “blazing it” and “lighting up a 720 kickflip” at 16:20, presumably anticipating Telltale Games’ announcement of a release date for episode 4 of The Walking Dead season 3 [official site]. Well, Deadheads, I’m sorry to say Telltale have jumped the gun and rolled into the party a few hours early. Telltale today announced that Episode 4, named ‘Thicker Than Water’, will arrive on Tuesday the 25th of April. Here, chill out with this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy

The cassette tape in Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy [official site] is called ‘Rad Mix’ instead of ‘Awesome Mix.’ A crueller man than I might observe that this is all we really need to know about Telltale’s not-based-on-the-film-and-yet-kinda-is spin on the adventures of Rocket, Groot and chums. I.e., that it really, really wants to be be just like what is arguably the most purely entertaining superhero film on the past decade, but it can’t quite pull it off.

I’m not that cruel. Not quite. Read the rest of this entry »

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy series started today

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [give over -ed.] Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy [official site] has kicked off with the first episode today. The five-part series sees those wacky spacemisfits saving the galaxy and all that jazz, in the modern Telltale adventure-story way. Adventure! Action! Comedy! A launch trailer! Read the rest of this entry »