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Telltale Reveal Poker Night At The Inventory

Telltale have revealed the game they were teasing last week, and it's not the Back To The Future series that was announced yesterday. It's called Poker Night at the Inventory, and features a gaming all-star cast.

Sitting down at the green table are Penny Arcade's Tycho, Team Fortress 2's Heavy, Strong Bad of Homestar Runner fame, and Sam & Max's very own Max.

Which is an achievement in itself, convincing Valve to come on board with this idea. Telltale describes the game like this:

"Prepare for a different kind of poker night in a very different kind of club. In Poker Night at the Inventory, you'll deal with Penny Arcade's clever, cunning Tycho, Team Fortress 2's hulking Heavy, Homestar Runner's self-proclaimed "awesome icon" Strong Bad and the hyperkinetic "rabbity-thing" from Sam & Max. These characters come together in ways some never thought possible, in a setting few would have predicted. You'll experience a new style of poker, particularly when hands don't go the way of the other fiery competitors at the table."

And that's all that's known. We are going to investigate further. What you can do, however, is pre-order it. It's $4.95 from the Telltale site (with an offer to get 25% off other purchases if you do), and currently £2.92 on UK Steam. This is a pre-order without really knowing what the game is, of course.

It'll be interesting, as there's been very few decent poker games. In fact, I've yet to play a decent Hold 'Em simulator, with AI that can both bluff and read. Presumably if Telltale hasn't cracked this - and maybe they have - they'll instead make the experience worthwhile purely by the power of silly. (It's a technique that can work, but I need to shake thoughts of National Lampoon's Chess Maniac Five Billion And One from my head). There's no fixed release date yet, but it will apparently be this "Fall".

Also good to see Strong Bad in there, which presumably means the Bros. Chaps are on board to provide the voice at least, despite their website being left fallow since April this year. Perhaps there's still hope for a return of Homestar Runner too.

I love the idea of characters from various unconnected games getting together. I especially love that they're all in their own graphical style. I want more of this. And since you'd have a pretty crappy game of poker with only four people playing, presumably there's some unrevealed characters yet. So who would you like to see get added to the field?

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