Telltale reaches back for two new game series

Jurassic Park and Back to the Future franchises targeted for release this winter

Whoever said the adventure genre was stuck in the past probably didn't have this in mind, but Telltale Games is reaching way back in time for its two newest series based on Jurassic Park and Back to the Future.

As first reported by the Associated Press and confirmed in a recent press release from Telltale, episodic series for both franchises are currently in early development, to be launched later this year on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. According to Telltale CEO Dan Connors, the new games should not be considered sequels, but rather tell new stories through "a new interpretation of their worlds for a new medium."

For those too young to have experienced them originally, Jurassic Park is the blockbuster 1993 Steven Spielberg movie that brought the Velociraptors, T-Rex, and a host of other hungry dinosaurs to life through then-unprecedented digital effects, before going on to spawn a pair of lesser-regarded sequels. Back to the Future is en even older movie trilogy, starring Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) as a time-traveller forced to fix paradoxes he himself has created, with the help of mad scientist Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) and his time-hopping DeLorean.

Few details have yet been revealed about the new games, but according to Telltale, both series are currently slated for release this winter, with Back to the Future due up first, to be "followed shortly" by Jurassic Park.



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  • Back to the Future: The Game Screenshot 1
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Related Games

Back to the Future: The Game

Platform(s): Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Jurassic Park: The Game

Platform(s): iPad, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


Comments

talkshow talkshow
Jun 9, 2010

OMG! Awesome news!  ‘Back to the Future’ is the number 1 trending topic on Yahoo.com right now because of this accouncement!  Good for you, Telltale!

chad5871 chad5871
Jun 9, 2010

It will be interesting to see how these games turn out.  Will they be more adventure-based or more action-based?  Only time will tell I suppose…

jannar85
Jun 9, 2010

Let me preorder already Wink

D.C. D.C.
Jun 9, 2010

Oh, man.

That’s amazing! I’m mostly excited, with a little bit of cautious optimism thrown in there too. Jurassic Park has the makings of an exceptional adventure game, but it also has the makings of a bad one if not done right. Telltale’s basically got the street cred, though. I hope they do something special with it. Also these huge IPs are pretty impressive, makes you think Telltale can get any IP they want…

Geoff Kelly Geoff Kelly
Jun 10, 2010

While the news does interest me.  I still think Telltale should do their own IP sometime soon, they obviously lack the confidence to do it though.  Particularly when they can get such big publicity, and sales, with announcements such as this one.

They may of course be preparing one.  But with so many IP series already - is it 7? - I would be surprised if they have time to fit anything more in without bumping off projects.

That said I am very interested in what they do with these two series.  Neither of which would have been my first pick for an obvious adventure IP, and likewise neither really fit the current artstyle of Telltale games.  It will certainly be interesting to see how they evolve them.

brawsome
Jun 10, 2010

I agree, I would like to see TellTale do more original IP, I know they’re doing Puzzle Agent, hopefully we’ll see some more.

That said, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park adventure games! I really do feel like I’m 12 again!

Karcher
Jun 10, 2010

@partially

They have a pilot of Nelson Tethers coming soon, which will be their own new IP. Granted it looks like it will be more of a puzzle game ala Professor Leyton then a traditional adventure, but I’m thinking I might give it a try.

wielandsmith
Jun 10, 2010

omg omg!  Wait, I can’t believe I’m that old…  Back to the Future was one of those movies it’s impossible to get sick of.  Hopefully, telltale will do a game that does it justice.

adventor
Jun 11, 2010

I’m excited about both but Jurassic Park has a special place in my heart, so I’m looking forward to it!

headbanger
Jun 14, 2010

OMG!!! Jurassic park i really dont care much! BUT BTTF!!! dammit its like my favorite movie of all time!!!jajjaa BTTF and Adventure games is a match made in heaven!!! THANK YOU!!! Get Michael J fox and Christopher Lloyd to do the voices please!!! get biff, George Mcfly, rock and roll, an 85 pick up… Loraine im your density…LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! WOHOOO

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