Telltale Games lowers prices

Episodic installments of Bone adventure series now lowered to CD-like price point of $12.99.

While the high cost of next-gen game development seems to be getting higher, episodic content is allowing some publishers to make their games cheaper. Telltale Games has announced that its Bone series of PC adventure games, formerly pushing the $20 price point, are now available for digital download for $12.99.

The first episode of Bone, Out from Boneville, was released for PCs last September. The second episode, The Great Cow Race, is currently scheduled for release later this month.

While the new price point was confirmed for all future episodes of Bone, a Telltale representative declined to comment on whether or not it would apply to the company's other announced episodic series, Sam and Max. The new price point is intended to compete directly with DVDs, music CDs, books, and cable TV, according to Telltale CEO Dan Connors.

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13 comments
Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Yay! Now let's try this strategem with some games that people actually WANT to play!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

you'd have to pay me to play those games.

Redhunt_86
Redhunt_86

not everyone got a fast internet conenction ok, but if i did i wouldn't complain

TitusAndronicus
TitusAndronicus

Wait... is that Sam and Max as in Sam and Max Hit the Road? If so.... then all is right with the world again.

flintgijoe
flintgijoe

I think the real benefit lies in how much this type of distribution can benefit small developers. That just might lead to a stronger variety of games, and allow developers to take more risks.

radiocreed
radiocreed

This sounds great but I'd rather play and beat a game within a few weeks rather than wait months for the next episode.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I love those guys... in a biblical sense

runstalker
runstalker

It's all happening folks, so brace yourself. Marketing budgets have been commited and plans made: the age of microtransactions and episodic content and digital delivery--and the other stuff that's fundamentally extraneous yet necessary to advancing the industry...it's all coming. The old gaming paradigms of "box near TV" and "games in store" have long since faded. It's all virtual property now, because there are people taking a cut at every angle and there are far more angles to explore through lower cost downloads (with iTunes and ringtones proving it beyond a doubt). It's happening in every industry; this one just happens to be primo territory and the new consoles primo receivers.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Nice. I hope Sam & Max becomes an XBLA download.

joeamis
joeamis

If many good games can be released at this price point, I wouldn't be surprised to see a backlash from other forms of entertainment; either that or they're going to have to lower their prices.

flintgijoe
flintgijoe

This kind of stuff with Xbox live's ease of use will be great. Give it a few more years I guess.

flintgijoe
flintgijoe

Episodic content could be a good thing.