Telltale Games teaming with Marvel Entertainment

April 24, 2015 | 11:32 a.m.
Telltale Games is working with Marvel Entertainment on a new video game series. (Telltale Games)

Telltale Games is working with Marvel Entertainment on a new video game series. (Telltale Games)

Having proved it can effectively adapt a comic into a game with its work on “The Wolf Among Us” and “The Walking Dead,” the Bay Area’s Telltale Games is increasing its comics’ portfolio. Telltale has partnered with Marvel Entertainment for a game project to be released in 2017, the company revealed Thursday night in San Francisco.

Little is known about the game, including its title, at this point beyond the year-long release window.

Telltale has won acclaim in recent years for its narrative-focused games that emphasize dialogue rather than action. They’re episodic, with each chapter generally able to be completed in two or three hours, and are leading a movement that brings games closer to interactive television shows.

Additionally, Telltale’s work with Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead” and Bill Willingham’s Vertigo series “Fables,” on which “The Wolf Among Us” is based, focused on original stories rather than straight adaptations.

 

Snow White keeps players in check in the game "The Wolf Among Us." (Telltale Games)

Snow White keeps players in check in the game “The Wolf Among Us,” inspired by the DC/Vertigo title “Fables.” (Telltale Games)

Telltale’s titles are also known for the accessibility, requiring little mastery of game controls, and have a tendency to center on diverse characters. “The Wolf Among Us,” for instance, featured a no-nonsense take on Snow White, a character who constantly judged the actions of the player. The second season of Telltale’s take on “The Walking Dead,” meanwhile, starred an adolescent girl.

Recently, the company has been issuing a series of games inspired by HBO’s take on the “Game of Thrones,” as well as episodic, story-driven games inspired by the first-person-shooter “Borderlands.”

In development is a game based on the worldwide phenomenon “Minecraft,” and Telltale has revealed that it is  developing a non-licensed original property as well.

-Todd Martens | @Toddmartens | @LATherocomplex

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