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Two new series in the works; Stemmle and others join Telltale 19 Feb, 2008, 16:38 / 14 comments

Adventure Gamers reports from GDC that Telltale has been hiring up a storm as of late, including such big-name new employees as Mike Stemmle, Justin Chin, and Brett Tosti. Chin and Tosti will serve as Executive Producers for the company, and you actually already knew about them if you're one to keep a sharp eye on Telltale's team page.

Mike Stemmle, as you surely know, was co-project leader on Sam & Max Hit the Road and that dead game that never seems to get forgotten Sam & Max Freelance Police, among others back at LucasArts. This addition is a highly welcome and long overdue one (one can't help but wonder if the recent scale-down at Perpetual Entertainment, Mike's previous employer, had something to do with this), and Adventure Gamers confirms that he will be working as a designer on the Sam & Max series.

While this epic reunion is sure to excite you, AG also reports that Telltale's expansion will soon yield at least "two announced series" in the near future on multiple platforms. Full press release here. Finally, AG promises a brand new interview with Mike Stemmle of TelltaleArts very soon. Watch them closely.

Update: In other GDC news, check out the blog of "citizenmike" to learn about his experience at Telltale's Sam & Max party. More photos are available care of Joystiq.

Comments

  • hierohero on 20 Feb, 2008, 08:06…
    justin chin, stemmle, grossman, chuck.. the talent there is unbelievable can't wait to see the future projects
  • monkeyboobs on 21 Feb, 2008, 11:23…
    Can't wait to see more Bone episodes... >:(
  • pheeph on 20 Feb, 2008, 03:52…
    is this the rest of the former LucasArts adventure team?
  • telarium on 20 Feb, 2008, 17:27…
    Nope. We're still missing a Ron Gilbert rookie card and a Hal Barwood first edition. Once we get those on eBay (or I trade my buddy with an Aric Wilmunder), our collection will be complete.
  • pheeph on 21 Feb, 2008, 21:24…
    what about Sean Clark?
  • Capn_Nacho on 20 Feb, 2008, 01:09…
    I was just thinking earlier today about how great it would be if Stemmle went to work for TTG... how exciting!

    And, S&M for Wii would be really incredible! It'd be a great way to share it with my friends and family. Seasons 1&2 in one package for consoles would be pretty sweet...
  • Jake on 19 Feb, 2008, 23:53…
    Also telarium works at Telltale now. Notable hire!
  • WorldMaker on 20 Feb, 2008, 08:37…
    telarium is working there now? That's awesome. With Deirdra having interned at Telltale, it's certainly shaping up to be something of "mixnmojo Live! West Coast USA Edition"... Should I go ahead and add "long time mixnmojo drifter" to my resume?

    Also, back on topic, Mike Stemmle was the only reason I had any real hope in seeing a decent Star Trek Online. I have a hard time imagining most companies doing any sort of justice to the franchise in MMO form...
  • jp-30 on 19 Feb, 2008, 19:23…
    I'm hoping (helped due to some of the possible hinting on the TTG forums) that one of the two games is an original IP.
  • jp-30 on 19 Feb, 2008, 23:07…
    Nope. :(

    Emily@TTG: Before speculation starts running rampant, I'll go on record saying that both of the unannounced series are based on existing licenses. We really like working with licensed properties for various reasons (the built-in audience and brand recognition that comes with them being some), and I think we'll continue to do licensed games for the foreseeable future.

    ...and that's all I can say about that. Today, anyway. :D
  • Udvarnoky on 20 Feb, 2008, 04:38…
    That's all well and good, but I hope when she says "I think we'll continue to do licensed games for the foreseeable future" there's not an implied "exclusively" in there. Licenses aren't a bad thing when the term can include cult, high quality series like Bone and Sam & Max, but a little new IP surely never hurt anyone. Whatever happen to that original casual game Dave Grossman mentioned they were supposed to do between Season 1 and Season 2?
  • The Tingler on 19 Feb, 2008, 17:01…
    Very exciting news there!

    Two new series? Can we have more Bone first? Sam & Max on Wii and DS? Then that Grickle game that we all know is coming.
  • Udvarnoky on 19 Feb, 2008, 17:06…
    Hopefully Bone comes sooner rather than later. I'm convinced Sam & Max will be on Wii at some point. DS, not so confident.
  • The Tingler on 19 Feb, 2008, 17:16…
    Me too, I'm just being hopeful with the DS thing. I wouldn't buy it again on the Wii, but I would on the DS. I'd love to carry Sam & Max around with me.