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.
Update: 4/19 10:45PM: Two more games have been added to the bundle: Jurassic Park: The Game and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People.
Telltale Games are now in a Humble Bundle. For $1 or more, you can get Back to the Future: The Game, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, Poker Night at the Inventory, Puzzle Agent 1 & 2, and The Walking Dead: Season One. If you pay more than the average (currently just over $8), you also get The Walking Dead: 400 Days, The Wolf Among Us, Poker Night 2, and Tales from the Borderlands. Finally, if you pay more than $12, you'll also get Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead: Season Two.
Note that all of these games are redeemed through Steam only, as there is no DRM-free option available. There is about a week left to pick this bundle up, and there are hints that more games will be added to the package soon.
Like Jackbox Party Pack before it, Telltale is serving solely as a publisher on this title, bringing simply bringing the previously released game, which has been available on Steam Early Access since December 2013 to consoles. It will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at retail, as well as on the digital marketplace, and is scheduled for release in June.
In another unusual move, they released a live action trailer to advertise the new ports of the game. You can see that trailer embedded above, or directly here if the embedding doesn't work for you.
29 Mar, 2016, 20:42 | Posted by: Jennifer
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Telltale managed to meet its projected dates for two of its series, as today sees a double release from the studio. Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 5 sets up the scenario for the upcoming three downloadable content episodes, while The Walking Dead: Michonne is the penultimate chapter of the three episode mini-series, furthering the danger and setting up the finale.
Both episodes are available to download today across all all available platforms, except for the Wii U version of Minecraft: Story Mode. Also, due to an unexpected delay, the PlayStation versions of The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 2 will be delayed until the 31st of March.
Also, Telltale now has a dedicated page available for the Adventure Pass, which will be available as downloadable content and will encompass episodes 6, 7, and 8 of Minecraft: Story Mode, continuing the story from the cliffhanger at the end of episode 5. Episode 6 will be available Summer 2016, and the other two episodes will follow shortly afterward.
Finally, did you ever notice that Prince Lawrence's television displayed Night Court in The Wolf Among Us? Did you ever wonder what the two would look like mashed up? I made a video to answer that question, so you don't have to wonder anymore.
Some interesting things have emerged from that panel. Players will play as Bruce Wayne more than usual in a Batman game. In many situations, there will also be a choice between confronting a situation as Bruce Wayne, or going all in as Batman. As Batman, you'll also be given a choice to physically harm a suspect or take a more diplomatic approach through interrogation to get the information you're seeking. You won't be able to play the whole game without becoming Batman, but the developer's have stated you should be able to play a large portion of it as Bruce if that's the way you wish to play.
It is going to be similar in approach to their The Wolf Among Us series in terms of artistic presentation. It will be set in its own universe. Although it will draw from the 77 years of comic lore that already exists, the team will be able to make their own mark on the iconic characters.
It will have an art style inspired by DC artists such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo and Neal Adams. It will have an M for mature rating, will consist of five episodes, and will begin releasing this summer.