Telltale Giving Back to the Future and Jurassic Park the Episodic Treatment

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Now here is a partnership I did not see coming. Telltale Games, purveyor of all things episodic, has hitched up with NBC Universal to create two new episodic gaming series based on classic Universal Pictures film franchises Back to the Future and Jurassic Park.

Judging by the press release quotes, it sounds like both series will be story-driven, cinematic adventures, but details about specific gameplay styles and features aren’t being revealed at this time. Platforms have not been announced yet either.

“Our partnership with Universal is an exciting next step in our continued growth as a mass-market games publisher and developer,” said Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games. “We are all huge fans of both of these franchises. For Back to the Future and Jurassic Park we will leverage Telltale’s expertise in story-telling and game design to deliver on the unique elements of each series with our goal being to create compelling cinematic adventures paying homage to each franchise.”

“Telltale Games has succeeded in establishing a unique combination of digital and physical distribution models, and their reputation for quality production is well earned,” said Bill Kispert, Vice President and General Manager, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “Telltale’s episodic story-telling is an ideal means by which to add compelling new content to these important franchises.”

Telltale’s Back to the Future season will kick things off first when it begins this winter, with the Jurassic Park season scheduled for release sometime shortly thereafter.

Given Telltale’s continued expansion, I thought it’d be fun to toss around some other franchise ideas worthy of episodic treatment — you know, just for shits and giggles. Any movie, TV, or book franchise that you think would make for a great episodic gaming experience?

I’ve got Toy Story on the brain at the moment, and I think Telltale could do brilliant things with that IP. Scooby-Doo would also be perfect as an episodic adventure game, and something like The Hobbit could work too.

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