In the midst of the truly soul-sucking Telltale layoff situation, some interesting auxiliary stuff is happening.
DC will release a limited time series named on TTG’s Batman seasons. So far the second season has been good, and one could hope DC would focus on that, though maybe they’ll try to salvage the final pieces from the downright awful first season.
We’ll know in February. Writer Chris Gage has a good rap sheet, so this might be a glass half full situation.
Polygon reports 25% -- twenty-five percent -- of Telltale's workforce is being laid off. The reason, according to CEO Pete Hawley who apparently has no qualms emulating LucasArts at its worst, is "the realities of the environment we face moving forward". That is a somewhat familiar sentiment...
We wish those laid-off the best of luck moving forward themselves, and for those who are left... Run!
So here's a bizarre one: The PS4 and Xbox One are getting a collection of The Walking Dead featuring all 19 episodes. That in itself isn't strange, of course, nor is the fact they get enhanced graphics. What is strange is how stylistically different the update is. To wit...
... we don't only get a completely overhauled color palette, but also actually altered details like the ceiling light.
Own yet another version of the games on December 5th, for a mere $50-¢1.
26 Oct, 2017, 17:31 | Posted by: Remi
Update by Jennifer: Tales from the Borderlands is also free (and DRM-free), for Windows and macOS if you purchase $15 or more worth of games during the GOG.com Halloween Sale.
As long as you have an Xbox One. And wait until November. And have a Gold membership.
Caveats aside, Tales from the Borderlands is underrated and you should play it.
So here's one I didn't see coming, probably because I wasn't looking: Dan Connors is following in co-founder Kevin Bruner's footsteps, right out the door from his current CEO seat. Bruner resigned a few months ago, with Connors stepping in to temporarily (as I just learned) fill the position. He will now stay on as an "advisor", much like when he stepped down the last time, in 2015.
The new president and CEO is Pete Hawley, the former GM and a senior VP at Zynga.
What does it all mean? Who knows, but with Zynga's reputation -- their Wikipedia page reads like a crime blotter -- my head isn't exactly spinning with excitement.
Update: I assumed you would know we were talking about Telltale here, but as Twitter is ABLAZE pointing out the omission… well, now you know!
I actually started reading this Eurogamer interview with Telltale's Job Stauffer when it was published. "Started" being the operative word -- how many "laughs" can you take in an article after all?
@fantasticleak16 is clearly a smarter person than I, as (s)he dug up some interesting information toward the end. Asked about doing another Monkey Island or Sam & Max, Stauffer gave a firm no, an explanation...
It is a proud part of Telltale's legacy, but not really part of Telltale's future.
... before he killed your puppy.
Dumping Monkey Island is not really much of a surprise -- I have no clue what DisneyArts's intentions are with the property -- but I'm surprised Sam & Max is off the table. The property pretty much launched Telltale (with all respect to Texas Hold'em and Bone).
The question now, I suppose, is if anybody else is circling around the Sam & Max property.
Tales from the Borderlands ranks well in my top five TTG games list, and this oral history of it is… Well, it‘s great, and probably something we should be doing, but whatever. Read it over at Campo “Jake used to work here” Santo‘s Quarterly Review, and learn how the game never was a commercial hit, and how Mike Stemmle was involved with an early version of it. And more!
(There are also a few snippets about The Wolf Among Us which are interesting.)
First, Batman: The Enemy Within will be hitting computer and console platforms on August 8th, with iOS and Android to follow "later this year". The first game made Batman v Superman look like a laugh riot, so yeah... (I'll still play it, like the tool I am.)
Meanwhile, the franchise has finally been bled dry: The Walking Dead: The Final Season is scheduled for a 2018 release. Odds of Clementine surviving the season is if TTG's history is anything to go by, slim.
More importantly, The Wolf Among Us's sequel is also slated for 2018. I personally consider the Fables based game to be TTG's second best after Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse so hooray for that.
Telltale’s loss is Ubisoft’s gain, as they poach no less than four high-profile names from the X will remember that-company.
Making a run for it is Pierre Shorette (Tales from the Borderlands), Nick Herman (Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse), Dennis Lenart (The Wolf Among Us and Back to the Future, but we won’t hold that against him), and Adam Sarasohn (I’m not entirely sure who he is). The foursome will apparently be expanding Ubisoft’s “narrative creative pool”, which is good for them, but probably not so good for Telltale.
This also means I now likely do not recognize more than one or two names on Telltale’s roster, but I suppose that’s neither here nor there.
Disney (or, but probably not, Telltale) is trying its damnedest to keep you away from Tales of Monkey Island, or, as they like to call it on iOS, Monkey Island Tales HD. Turns out you can still get it on the App Store for iOS, so we can only assume they had forgotten about the platform when the censorship started.
It confounds Mojo’s investigative office how this all is going down. Did Telltale’s license run out for all platforms but iOS? Or is this all part of…
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08 Jan, 2017, 01:08 | Posted by: Jennifer
We're now a week into 2017, which means it's the perfect time for a new poll. We couldn't just put one up on the first day of the new year. That's just not The Mojo Way™.
There's a lot of goodness coming out this year, from just about every company that this site covers. So go to the poll on the right and let us know which one has you excited the most.
Look, I tried. I tried to like it, I even tried to hate it, but there is absolutely so little to Batman. If you've played any other Telltale game over the last five years you know what you'll get. That's about it.
Over in the the comments, the ever observant (or so we assume) jolly_old_saint points out that all of the Sam & Max seasons, as well as Tales of Monkey Island have been removed from their online store.
What the actual eff?
Are they needing space for the oh so adult takes on Batman and family friendly funsies with Minecraft? The fact that you can still get the two aforementioned series on Steam could suggest this is just a clerical or technical mistake, as the oldest game listed on TTG's site is Strong Bad.
If they actually are gone, though, it seems only right to pour one out for two of Telltale's best series of games.
Update!Sam & Max is back; ToMI is not. The cover-up continues!
Just as you had popped enough "Forget Me Nows" to block out the most awkward sex scene seen in a video game—that's in Batman if you're keeping score—Telltale comes prancing in, showing off its latest creative take on an existing IP…
I'm sure there will be a lot of characters remembering things you do.
You can also check out an extended first look at the next Walking Dead game, where you surely will have more black and white choices than you can dream of.
18 Aug, 2016, 03:56 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: AlfredJ
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Night School, the studio that was founded by Telltale and Disney Alumni, and the developers of Oxenfree, have just released a Mr. Robot game for iOS and Android, courtesy of Telltale Publishing.
It actually looks like it could be something special. See the video linked below for details on the game (or click here to see it directly on YouTube.
27 Apr, 2016, 18:58 | Posted by: Jennifer
I'm back from PAX East. I'll post about my experience at the show in a bit, but for now, I'll catch up on some of the releases that have happened lately.
The Walking Dead: Michonne, the miniseries by Telltale Games that reveals what happened to the character of Michonne during the period when she left the group in the comics after the events of All Out War, is now complete, with yesterday's release of episode 3.
Also receiving its third episode yesterday was King's Quest, the official ninth game in the series, by The Odd Gentlemen. This episode, Once Upon A Climb, tells the story of how Graham saved his future wife Valanice, who is also Gwyndolyn's grandmother.
We have awful news to share today as audio veteran Jory Prum has passed away. Since 1999, Jory has been credited on innumerable titles published by LucasArts, Telltale, and Double Fine in a broad scope of sound design, recording, and engineering capacities.
Those of you who follow Jory's colleagues on Twitter may know that he was involved in a bad motorcycle accident last month from which he sadly did not recover. You can read the statement from his parents as well as heartfelt remembrances from some of his colleagues - including Julian Kwasneski - here. It appears to be one of many articles published in tribute of Jory today.
While we may not have known him personally, any reader of this site will be familiar with games to which Jory Prum made a vital contribution. It's hard to imagine titles where sound design could be less trivial than the sort he worked on while wearing any number of hats. The reason we celebrate the best of these games as timeless is because good stories endure, and Jory's work - far from merely a technical supplement - serviced those stories. Our condolences to his friends and family.