Telltale Teases Mysterious New IP
"It's probably the most ambitious thing the company has ever done."
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While the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones developer Telltale Games isn't yet ready to talk specifics about its mysterious upcoming new IP, the studio's CEO has described it as possibly the most ambitious undertaking ever for the studio.
"I'll say we've spent a lot of time experimenting over the last decade with how powerful a storytelling tool interactive can be," Telltale's Kevin Bruner said in an interview with GamesIndustry International. "And when we thought about building something from the ground up that gave us absolutely everything we could dream of as storytelling tools. The right kind of story, the right kind of setting, the right kind of people involved, everything."
Bruner went on to say that Telltale's new IP, which represents the first franchise the studio has ever created, is "the perfect thing" for the company.
"It kind of rose organically and doing your first original IP is a pretty big deal for any company so it's something we're pouring a lot of love into," he said. "It's probably the most ambitious thing the company has ever done but we feel like we're ready for it. We're very excited to talk about it, but we can't say much more right now. But it is the perfect thing for us."
Bruner didn't say anything more about Telltale's new franchise, though he did shed some further light on the company's future outlook.
Telltale made a name for itself with licensed point-and-click adventure games based on other companies' franchises, including Wallace and Gromit, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Sam & Max, and others. The company's most recent series is Game of Thrones, based on the HBO TV show and the George RR Martin books, while Telltale also recently signed a deal with Mojang to make an episodic game in the Minecraft universe.
What franchise might Telltale tackle next? Bruner previously spoke about how Star Wars would be a "dream" project for the studio, and he also has ideas for a James Bond game. While it remains to be seen what game the company might make next, Bruner said Telltale has been flooded with exciting requests, though he didn't name any outright.
"We used to spend a lot of time knocking on people's doors, trying to explain to them what we meant by playable story and seeing if we could be able to apply our trade in their world," he said. "Now we've got things that I just can't believe that people are coming to us either with properties they want us to work on or creatives who come and want to work with us."
"We definitely have people coming to us from all angles and people that are frankly just knocking our socks off with just how impressive they are and they appreciate what we're doing and want to work with us," he added. "We're constantly honored and amazed."
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