Bryan Lee O'Malley said California studio approached him to make adventure game based on graphic novel series; author said franchise wasn't suited for a game from the developer.
Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series was spun into a full-length feature film over the summer via the Michael Cera-led Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Further, a beat-'em-up game accompanied the film from Ubisoft in the form of the coolly received side scroller of the same name. Now, the author has revealed that Telltale Games also courted him for his series.
O'Malley recently tweeted that the Novato, California, studio behind adventure franchises like Sam & Max, Back to the Future: The Game, and the April-dated Jurassic Park: The Game approached him, and he said no.
"Telltale wanted to do Scott Pilgrim, but I said no," reads his tweet. "I couldn't see it as an adventure game. All respect to them, though."
Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim game follows the central plotline of the graphic novels, as the mediocre bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim tries to win his dream girl Ramona's heart by fighting her seven ex-boyfriends. A ragtag coalition of her failed lovers--including a vegan rock star, identical twins, and an infamous skateboarder--are determined to prevent Scott from dating their old flame.
For more on Ubisoft's video game, check out GameSpot's review of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
kavadias1981...why are you cursing the 360 owners for. The PS3 has it too. Unless you cursing them for other reasons.
There was nothing wrong with the game that was produced- for some reason the GS review decided to flay it for a couple of 'issues' that were irrelevant to most of the people playing it. In fact, the critic average was 7.6 and that's including GS's lunatic 6.5.
Wise choice for Bryan Lee O'Malley. "The best 2D beat 'em up/multiplayer game ever seen it and played it by Ubisoft (published TMNT for the GBA)".
I'm glad he went that route. I never would have played the adventure game, but I played and very much enjoyed the game that was made. Through that, I got into the rest of the franchise. No disrespect to Telltale, but he made the right decision.
He doesn't want his creation to be turn in to some half as$ game and get a bad reputation I mean I haven't played any of those sam&max games or any other game that are made to be a series because it doesn't sound fun to pay for every new episode to continue the next short game episode story give me a full complete game because I don't want any of that dlc/episode video game nonsense.
Scott Pilgrim was the best downloadable title I played last year. Though I generally like what Telltale Games puts out, I'm pretty happy we got what we did instead of an adventure game.
@jsrco, Nope. I'm 26, employed, engaged with a son, and another on the way. @jmace1, I get all that. My comment was half-serious. It was more poking fun at how big a fuss people make when some random game doesn't have some sort of mp mode that is apparently absolutely necessary for the game to be any fun. And @Frost259, see above points. But really, I sympathize with people who can't just hop over to a friend's house for some gaming. But to each his own, I guess. I'd personally rather drive the 20 mins to have a few beers and play some games with friends. I'll take human interaction over XBL any day.
"Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim game follows the central plotline of the graphic novels, as the mediocre bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim tries to win his dream girl Ramona's heart by fighting her seven ex-boyfriends." wrong. it was 7 evil EX'S. she had an ex girlfriend too. ramona had a sexy phase ;^)
I agree that the game could've been much better, but what we got was pretty good. The bugs were unfortunate.
I would think Scott Pilgrim would be a great adventure game, the fighting wasn't the point of the books.
@fetusfart18 Not really, for some people they may not live near most the people they play online with. For me I moved about 20 min away from most my close friends who I played with growing up. Although thats not very far away its much easier to just pop online and play and talk for a little bit, then drive 20 min for just a game.
the less scott pilgrim trash the better. gamers dont need this kind of immature nonsence ruining our reputations further
Coolly received by GameSpot, maybe. This game is pretty fun. Other game reviewers seemed to dig it a lot more than GS. I certainly haven't run into any visibility issues myself, and the game is well-presented.
@DrKill09 I sort of have to agree with that. First he let them make a movie that was obviously going to be a disaster (I highly doubt O'Malley is satisfied with it himself), and then he let Ubisoft develop a game instead of Telltale. While it turned out to be a great choice, we know that Telltale is a developer that has always shown great reverence to their source material. If I had to decide who was going to make the game based on the likeliness that it would a real Scott Prilgrim game (AKA one that would stick to the format of the series), then Telltale would have been the obvious choice. These two decisions don't make me think highly of O'Malley, and I wonder what his true motivations regarding the series have become.
Point and click adventures have their place. Unfortunately for telltale, it's a very small, unpopular place at this point.
"The reason this game has no on-line feature is because it has gone back to gamings roots" No it's because the game was rushed. A lot of things didn't make it into the main game. http://vgtribune.com/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-the-game-a-look-past-the-game/ Quit making stuff up.
Why's he all high and mighty about that, though? He let that awful movie be made. :roll: Dodged a bullet, but hit by a F****ing missile! :P The brawler game was awsome, though.
The reason this game has no on-line feature is because it has gone back to gamings roots with games like Streets of Rage and Street Fighter, There was no online play back then and inviting a friend over was the only solution for co-op games. I will admit I like online co-op games but not every game needs it. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was modeled after the old fashioned side scrollers and was well made to be like one. We should look at this fact and think "Damn you know? They did a very good job at making this game to be like retro!" I know I do, and every time I play This game I think the same thing!
@ fetusfart18 You could use that poorly conceived argument towards all games lacking an online component. Just in case you are so blinded by your ignorance, let me present you with a hypothetical situation. What happens when "Bob" has a wife, two kids, and full time job, only has an hour of free time during his average day and you live 30 minutes away?
Here's a great solution to the no online co-op problem; "Hey, Bob, wanna come over and play some games?". Boom. Easy solution.
The only other thing that could be of great value to the Scott Pilgrim Franchise is another versus mash-up, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. Capcom. Sounds crazy, but that might be good enough!
I'm glad we got the arcade game, it's a great throwback to the 90's a point and click adventure would make my eyes bleed.
Telltale is a great developer... and these words from Bryan are full of honesty, and this is something we should rejoice. Indeed, telling no the way he did is not saw as too much respectful, but I'm glad to see direct words like these that can hurt or not, but it's full of sincerity and don't hide behind political speech. specially in these days full of political friendly fake smiles. Anyway, Telltale is a great developer and I think they're trying to create a long list of adventure games based on popular series... just like LEGO is doing now.
The game was awsome the graphic novels where awsome but the movie was not and I am glad they wont make a adventure game
I was completely satisfied with scott pilgrim the game. I wasn't the only one (see every other major gaming site.) No online coop? That's ok I have friends. Umad friendless gamers?
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