Telltale Games has definitely earned its place in the spotlight, mostly recently thanks to the success of its latest episodic game The Walking Dead. Season Two will debut soon, but with the end of the year quickly closing in, that pretty much wraps it up for 2013. So what can we expect from 2014?
Well, if you’re a Telltale Games fan and you’ve enjoyed this developer’s titles, then we have good news for you. The producer has recently made a couple of fresh announcements, revealing that it’s working on not one, but two new titles that will hit the shelves sometime next year.
Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Production
Telltale recently announced that it’s currently developing a new title called Game of Thrones. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years then you should at least be familiar with either the Game of Thrones books or TV series, so we assume that there’s no need to go into further detail about this universe.
According to Telltale, the game will be developed in collaboration with HBO, and both HBO Global Licensing and the game developer have entered into a multi-title and multi-year partnership for this particular series.
There’s not much to say regarding the game itself, as not a lot has been revealed, aside from the fact that Game of Thrones will be an episodic game. Since episodic games is what Telltale knows best, that’s definitely good news. There have also been hints indicating that, unlike what we’ve experienced with previous Telltale episodic releases, big battles will play a certain role in the game. Telltale has also revealed that they’re “taking advantage of all the factions” for this particular title.
The exact release date is unknown, but the title will go on sale sometime next year. It will be available on PC, Mac, as well as mobile devices. You can view the official teaser trailer here.
Tales From The Borderlands
The Borderlands universe might not be as big and popular as the one created by George R.R. Martin, but in the world of gaming, Borderlands is anything but an obscure title. While the first game received mixed reactions from gamers, it also earned a very dedicated fanbase. The sequel managed to bring several gameplay improvements and a lot of charm into the Borderlands universe, and this very successful title has managed to expand the fanbase even further.
Borderlands enthusiasts should be happy to find out that Telltale Games’ second title for year 2014 is Tales From The Borderlands. Once again, not much is known about the game itself, aside from the fact that it will be an episodic title as well. The Borderlands series can be described as a “shooter-looter,” simply because the gameplay combines FPS and RPG elements.
While it’s difficult to tell how much of these two genres will remain prominent in Telltale’s episodic game, the first official trailer reveals that the story will once again revolve around Handsome Jack – which is probably one of the best, cruel and yet amusing game villains ever created.
If you haven’t played Borderlands 2 yet, but you plan on doing so, then you may want to skip this paragraph as it may contain spoilers. In any case, the trailer for Tales From The Borderlands hints that, after Handsome Jack has been dealt with by the vault hunters, his personality/mind might’ve been uploaded into a mainframe of sorts.
The trailer also hints that the main protagonists will not be vault hunters, but some other type of adventurers. Telltale Games said that the series will continue to expand the stories of existing characters, but will explore new ones as well.
Once again, Tales From The Borderlands doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but the developer will release the title sometime in 2014. Much like Game of Thrones, Tales From The Borderlands is being developed for PC, Mac and mobile devices.
With the success of Telltale’s episodic games – such as The Walking Dead and Sam & Max, just to name a few – we have high hopes that both releases will deliver hours of fun and compelling gameplay for enthusiasts of the series.