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Telltale announces King’s Quest revival and new partnerships

At a press event last night in San Francisco, Telltale announced plans for five upcoming games—some that will be new to the adventure scene, and others that should feel right at home.

Telltale has entered into an agreement with Activision, current owner of the rights to the classic Sierra On-Line adventure franchises, to create new episodic games based on these series. The first will be King’s Quest. Few details were available at the event, but Adventure Gamers will be following up with Telltale to learn more about their plans for these old favorites.

Hector: Badge of Carnage developer Straandlooper Animation will team up with Telltale to bring their acclaimed, currently iPhone-exclusive adventure to PC, Mac, and iPad. The partnership will also allow for the continuation of the Hector series, with two new episodes planned for release on all four platforms.

A partnership with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will yield games based on the apocalyptic comic book series. An Eisner-winning series that has come to television on the AMC Network, The Walking Dead “is an epic drama where personal trials are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment survival.” Though no specific platforms were announced, Telltale says the agreement covers PC, Mac, console, handheld, mobile and social gaming media. More details will be announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July, with the games planned for a fourth quarter 2011 debut.

Bill Willingham’s FABLES, one of DC Comics’ longest-running series, will also get the Telltale treatment. In these award-winning comics, beloved storybook characters such as Snow White and Little Boy Blue have relocated to a “magically camouflaged New York City neighborhood known as Fabletown” where they live among us. More information will be revealed at Comic-Con.

Last but not least (and the only one with video), is a sequel to Puzzle Agent, which was released as a standalone game in Telltale’s experimental pilot program. In Puzzle Agent 2, “ace puzzle investigators will return to the snowy mid-west to help Agent Tethers solve the mystery haunting the realm.” The game is scheduled for a summer release on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and PlayStation Network. Unlike Telltale’s other episodic series, Puzzle Agent 2 will be a standalone game that provides closure to the mystery of Scoggins. The company also announced that the first Puzzle Agent game will be coming to PSN this spring.

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Latest comments (10 total)

Lately I’ve been disappointed by Telltale, but this news sounds good. I think this could be a good move for them so they can diversify their offerings tor each more groups. For example, the BTTF seems very casual heavy which is a large turn off for myself, and yet for others they rave about this game. So hopefully by having a large number of offerings the variety of games can appeal to a larger adventure gaming audience.

I think I’m most excited about Hector as I wanted to try it out but couldn’t as it was iPhone exclusive. It would also be interesting to see what continues with Puzzle Agent, although personally I’d like to see the previous story close and open a new story. As sequels with continuing stories can get quite tiresome after a while.

Well here’s to hoping for some good adventures out of the deal!

Feb 22, 2011

I entirely second that last comment—while all these announcements are cool, I find the most joy in them in the thought that Space Quest could be revived. That would be a level of excitement even beyond that of the original Sam & Max announcement for me.

Feb 22, 2011

I am excited about the announcement and really do like most of their games.  This announcement has also renewed my hope that some day a new Space Quest game will come out!

Feb 19, 2011

Puzzle Agent 2? YES!

Feb 19, 2011

Is it really such a good idea for Telltale to go head to head with the most ambitious fan adventure project ever? They may embarrass themselves. Tongue

Playing episodes 1 and 2 of TSL I felt that the production values, especially the environments, camera work,... was better than you could expect from Telltale.
On the other hand, the writing is spotty (like inappropriate 4th wall breaking, long-winded dialog), Telltale may have a better handle on that. And there was too much fan service for fans of the sixth part (I wonder why the environments changed so little over time?)

Feb 18, 2011

Glad to hear there’s going to be another Puzzle Agent. The first game was okay, hope the second one is better.

I’m not sure what to think about the King’s Quest games because I only played the 7th one. Not sure it’s Telltale’s style, but who knows.
I think that there are other Sierra games that Telltale would be better at making…

As for the other announcements -
Hector - Good. While I finally have an iPhone, I think I’d rather play adventures on the PC.
Fables and Walking Dead - Never seen/read either. Heard they were good, though.
Do all those new releases mean that they’ve stopped with the Pilot program?

Feb 18, 2011

Great news!
TellTale make the best Adventure games today.
Not too easy and not too hard, fantastic for mainstream audiences Smile
Can’t wait!

Myles Blasonato.

Feb 18, 2011

My thought exactly! They make good games, but they are spreading thinner and thinner with each new batch of licenses. Could they be biting more than they can chew? We’ll see…

Feb 18, 2011

*deep, pained sigh* This King’s Quest is going to be a painful experience.  I only hope it’s EITHER ugly or a 3-part fetch quest or easy or without death sequences or poorly paced or episodic and not all of those.

Feb 18, 2011


Feb 18, 2011
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