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Telltale Nabs Xbox 360 Publishing Licensor Agreement, Makes Us Curious

The episodic adventure creator apparently has some plans we're not aware of yet.


Confused at the headline? Understandable.

Just after announcing Jurassic Park: The Game has been moved from a later-this-month release into the fall, Telltale Games has announced a publishing licensor agreement for Xbox 360. A what now? At the moment, we don't know the motivation; Telltale isn't willing to talk about the reasons behind this move.

“Adding console support to our acknowledged expertise in digital downloads is another positive step in our long-term growth strategy,” said Telltale co-founder and CEO Dan Connors in the press release. “We are pleased to expand the size of our potential audience by encompassing the Xbox 360 console consumer and bring our vision of video gaming to them."

To date, Telltale has been laser focused on digital download platforms. This could signal Telltale moving into the retail space, though whether it's for anything more than issuing bundles of episodic adventures isn't known. Issuing a press release over the agreement may suggest bigger plans.

After being asked on Twitter, Telltale had nothing more to tell fans.

"No announcements on what's coming to the XBox 360 from us yet but we have some exciting stuff in store!" the company said, understandably cryptically. "Stay tuned!"

We don't really have a choice in the matter, so we will, Telltale, we will.     Patrick Klepek on Google+
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Posted by patrickklepek

Confused at the headline? Understandable.

Just after announcing Jurassic Park: The Game has been moved from a later-this-month release into the fall, Telltale Games has announced a publishing licensor agreement for Xbox 360. A what now? At the moment, we don't know the motivation; Telltale isn't willing to talk about the reasons behind this move.

“Adding console support to our acknowledged expertise in digital downloads is another positive step in our long-term growth strategy,” said Telltale co-founder and CEO Dan Connors in the press release. “We are pleased to expand the size of our potential audience by encompassing the Xbox 360 console consumer and bring our vision of video gaming to them."

To date, Telltale has been laser focused on digital download platforms. This could signal Telltale moving into the retail space, though whether it's for anything more than issuing bundles of episodic adventures isn't known. Issuing a press release over the agreement may suggest bigger plans.

After being asked on Twitter, Telltale had nothing more to tell fans.

"No announcements on what's coming to the XBox 360 from us yet but we have some exciting stuff in store!" the company said, understandably cryptically. "Stay tuned!"

We don't really have a choice in the matter, so we will, Telltale, we will.    
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Edited by elcalavera

Very nice. Would love something by Telltale on my 360.

Posted by KarlPilkington

I'd definitely like me some Telltale on my 360.

Posted by SlightConfuse


seems logical since  sam and max gams is on xbla and  BTTF is on PS3

Posted by CrimsonClown

How did they did S&M 1 and 2 and W&G on XBLA without a license in the first place then? 

Posted by Hailinel
@CrimsonClown said:
" How did they did S&M 1 and 2 and W&G on XBLA without a license in the first place then?  "
The publishing licensor agreement that they just received allows them to publish retail Xbox 360 games (i.e.: Disc-based games).
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Posted by RampageAssassin

Jurassic Park seems a cert for the 360. I could so BTTF coming soon after too. 

Edited by MattyFTM

Telltale have released their games at retail before. The first two seasons of Sam & Max were disk based on the Wii. But that made sense for the wii, the extremely strict size limit for downloadable games on the console must be a real pain in the ass for telltale, so retail releases for the Wii made total sense. The 360 is fine for downloadable games though, so this is definitely a curious move. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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Posted by benjaebe

Maybe this will finally let them start putting episodic content on 360.

Posted by TenStoryMother

I've almost pulled the trigger on Back to the Future for the PS3 several times.  If there's a chance it's coming to the 360, my gaming machine of choice, maybe I'll hold off just a little bit longer.  Hmmm...

Edited by onlineatron

Disc based Jurassic Park confirmed?

Between this, and the delay of the PC/MAC version, it seems likely. 

EDIT: Received the 'First' quest for this post, even though it's the tenth. :)

Posted by Pudge

I would love to see Telltales back catalog released as Kinect optional games on 360. Kinect needs software, and these sore of adventures games would be killer apps.

Posted by Sogeman

If that doesn't mean Sam and Max S3 on XBLA, I don't care.

Posted by p_p_o_d

cool.


tell tale games on more platforms is awesome.

I guess this means they will publish there games on XBLA now.   normally a indy developer had to ether let MS publish there game on XBLA which means making it a exclusive or already have a publisher.

so I guess this means they met MS's publisher requirements and we can look forward to xbox releases of future games from them again???/  




Posted by PJ
@RampageAssassin said:
" Jurassic Park seems a cert for the 360. I could so BTTF coming soon after too.  "
Jurassic Park is already confirmed for 360 back when platforms were announced. Though the XBLA and PSN versions would not have come out at the same time as the PC version if not for the delay.
Posted by icytower38

Back to the Future on 360 a possibility... I'm definitely interested as I would finally buy it then.

Posted by phish09

I do hope that they release BTTF on the 360.  I was going to buy it on the PS3 once all the episodes were available, but now I don't see myself buying anything on the PS3 for a good long while.

Having said that it will probably be cheap as dirt on Steam in a couple months and that's most likely how I'll end up playing it.

Posted by V_Ben

Yeah, this means that they can self publish now. Previously, MS put out their games.

Posted by Saga
@TenStoryMother said:
" I've almost pulled the trigger on Back to the Future for the PS3 several times.  If there's a chance it's coming to the 360, my gaming machine of choice, maybe I'll hold off just a little bit longer.  Hmmm... "
I'm in the same boat
Posted by Wrighteous86
@benjaebe said:
" Maybe this will finally let them start putting episodic content on 360. "
It'd be ridiculous if this was so they could release Episode 1 of any series on disc, and then support it in a timely fashion with the other Episodes as "DLC" to get around Microsoft's stupid submission process. Though that might not work anyway, and I'm just talking out of my ass.
Posted by Delusibeta

Note that the PC version of Tales of Monkey Island got a retail release in the UK from Telltale themselves. It would be reasonable to assume that Telltale would want to do something similar to 360 versions. It might be dodging Microsoft's digital distribution rules as well.

Posted by MildMolasses

I neverunderstood why so little of the Telltale stuff ended up on the 360. It seemed like an odd thing for sony to go out of their way to get exlusivity for, so that never seemed like the right explanation. I guess we'll find out soon enough what they have planned
Posted by Burn1n9m4n

I would imagine, given the timing of this announcement, that this is in response to the on-going drama with PSN. It's a shame as Telltale could be the first of many developers to start jumping from Sony's ship.

Posted by Cybexx

Well Telltale hasn't been releasing on 360 since Wallace and Gromit so I would assume this is just them getting back on XBLA. But I could see retail releases as well, especially with all the big licensed stuff they releasing now.

Posted by xyzygy

Telltale seems to randomly pick the console they develop for.

Posted by JamesKond

Jurassic Park = a mainstream title. mainstream = buys in stores.

Seems pretty logical to me.

Posted by medacris

I don't think any of their games will be 360-exclusive, though. I remember one of the devs saying their slogan was "As many games on as many different consoles as possible".

Posted by papercut

For the love of god TT. Bring Sam and Max Season 3 to the 360!

Posted by detectivepbert

I'm not sure they'll be able to put it on PSN. . . .lolz

Posted by Xpgamer7

Sounds cool.

Posted by tyger_cheex

It would be nice if they brought BTTF to XBL. Then I would have to get off my FA to go in to town and buy PSN points cards since I wont be putting my CC number on my PS3 after it got all FUBAR!

Posted by blaakmawf

Cool. I like this company.

Posted by silverdoe

yes, i want BTTF first, this can wait!

Posted by Rayfield

Whatever 360 game they end up doing, the end boss needs to be called LICENSOR.
Posted by Andorski

I thought TellTale stopped developing for the 360 because Microsoft's XBL policy did not allow for consumers to pre-purchase full seasons, and that this agreement would allow them to do so.

Posted by atholm

Great was hoping for XBL versions of their games, and highly confused why they have not landed before on the platform.

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@Andorski: Yeah, considering MS lost a lot of potiential customers by missing out on Monkey Island, Sam & Max season 3 and BttF, I'm guessing they've revised their policy on the episodic thing.  As long as Telltale stick to their format of releasing an episode each month, I don't see the problem anyway.

It's not like Sega where we got Sonic 4 episode 1 and it could be years before we see Episode 2 (I'd bet that the series has been completely scrapped or totally overhauled).
Posted by MeatSim

I wonder if this means that there going to do a non-episodic game?

Posted by PaleEye

I would love to get Back to the Future action on the Xbox!  I hope it is arcade releases and not limited to a disc.