Telltale Delays Jurassic Park Until Fall, But They've Got a Plan

Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -

The first episode in Telltale Games' Jurassic Park: The Game, set after the events of the original Steven Spielberg film, was supposed to arrive later this month. Instead, Telltale's pushing it back until this fall.

"The game's mechanics and storytelling have come together in such a way that we see great potential, so much so that we feel we can push these elements to the next level if we spend some extra time working on them," said CEO Dan Connors in a statement. "It is because of this that we are delaying Jurassic Park: The Game on PC to ensure PC players get the best possible gaming experience."

One positive consequence of the move is all platforms will end up receiving at least the first episode simultaneously, ala Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network (which we expect should be up then).

Zing, right? Sigh. Okay, sorry. 

No dinosaur fighting until after the summer. Bummer. 

"We regret any disappointment on the part of our fans but we are confident you’ll be pleased with our decision when the game comes out," said Connors. "This has been a hard choice for us, but it is the right decision."

To help make things right, Telltale is offering full refunds to its customers and a free Telltale game of their choice. Refunds, plus details on redeeming said free game, should be arrive via email this week.

I just wanted some more Jurassic Park, man. Back to putting the John Williams soundtrack on loop.    
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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -

The first episode in Telltale Games' Jurassic Park: The Game, set after the events of the original Steven Spielberg film, was supposed to arrive later this month. Instead, Telltale's pushing it back until this fall.

"The game's mechanics and storytelling have come together in such a way that we see great potential, so much so that we feel we can push these elements to the next level if we spend some extra time working on them," said CEO Dan Connors in a statement. "It is because of this that we are delaying Jurassic Park: The Game on PC to ensure PC players get the best possible gaming experience."

One positive consequence of the move is all platforms will end up receiving at least the first episode simultaneously, ala Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network (which we expect should be up then).

Zing, right? Sigh. Okay, sorry. 

No dinosaur fighting until after the summer. Bummer. 

"We regret any disappointment on the part of our fans but we are confident you’ll be pleased with our decision when the game comes out," said Connors. "This has been a hard choice for us, but it is the right decision."

To help make things right, Telltale is offering full refunds to its customers and a free Telltale game of their choice. Refunds, plus details on redeeming said free game, should be arrive via email this week.

I just wanted some more Jurassic Park, man. Back to putting the John Williams soundtrack on loop.    
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#2 Posted by StealthRaptor (526 posts) -

Roar

#3 Posted by lolwot (254 posts) -

Clever Telltale.

#4 Posted by Manchild1318 (53 posts) -

Nice

#5 Edited by Deathcoil23 (11 posts) -

Cool of em

#6 Posted by wickedsc3 (1046 posts) -

Thats ok, I was looking forward to playing this but not something  I can't wait for.

#7 Posted by Zabant (1236 posts) -

See PR Spin.

Spin PR Spin.
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#8 Posted by Frank_Mann (53 posts) -

That game looked like trash. It was probably in their best interest to do this.

#9 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1256 posts) -

Because of this news I ended up pre-ordering the first episode of Hector and so I can get Puzzle Agent for free.

#10 Posted by Hailinel (23967 posts) -

A refund and a free game seem like a fair trade for this.

#11 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

I'm trying to decide if I want to use my voucher on Jurassic Park or another game while I wait.

#12 Posted by I_smell (3925 posts) -

I'm not holding onto my butt that long.

#13 Posted by Jimbo (9775 posts) -

Needs it based on the Quick Look.  When you gotta delay, you gotta delay.

#14 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -
Back to the Future is kind of a big deal to me, so when I found out that I wasn't at all interested in Telltale's game version, I decided that Telltale games just weren't for me.

With Star Wars going the way of the dinosaurs, it's somewhat appropriate if Jurassic Park were to go the way of Star Wars.

*grabs coat*

*leaves*
#15 Posted by AnEternalEnigma (280 posts) -

This game is going to be nothing but Quick-Time Event garbage anyways. Move along. Nothing to see here.

#16 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -

Clever girls... If there are any at Telltale.

#17 Posted by masternater27 (915 posts) -

I'm repurchasing Jurassic Park with my refund. So it just became free. So awesome! And now I'm going to go buy puzzle agent anyways.

#18 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2008 posts) -

As others have mentioned, this was probably necessary - especially considering that quick look. Those quick time events were just too janky. 

#19 Posted by ch3burashka (5017 posts) -

For those unsure what to do with your free token, might I suggest Puzzle Agent? That game was pretty amazing. What with PA2 coming this summer, I hope that we get a review of it from GB. The first was a bit unprecedented, a complete unknown. Now that it's proven (at least to me) to be an amazingly vivid world with great voice acting and crazy mysticism, I want to see a bit more coverage of it across the board. Having played only a few adventure games in my day, I would be extremely happy to see the Puzzle Agent series become the Adventure Island of our day.

#20 Posted by spiceninja (3055 posts) -

Good on them. The game looks extremely janky.

#21 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2377 posts) -

Stop with the Zing-ing guys, it was never funny. Nice of them to be so generous most companies just say "Put it out late." and ignore fans.

#22 Posted by FormulaDeuce (234 posts) -

I think this is good for the game to be honest. During the quicklook roadshow, I noticed that the transitions between button presses and scene fluidity was a bit janky. That might be a small complaint to some, but for a game which they're touting as like Heavy Rain, you might want to get that tightened up.

#23 Posted by allenibrahim (377 posts) -

Well, I won Jurassic Park. And I have all of the other TT games that I want. So...I'm going to use my refund to buy Jurassic Park. Hooray for refunds!

#24 Posted by Catfish666 (189 posts) -

Oh c'mon, drop the zinging. Telltale's a small company aiming for a niche audience and clearly filled by people who do their thing because they dig it. Considering the sales they have, it's really generous to offer something in return for the delay.


And I think they're brave to make it, clearly JP is a game with which they're taking a larger step to new direction. After witnessing lately how a publisher pressuring the developer *coughdragonage2cough* can affect the final product, we should feel good about this as gamers. I tip my hat to Telltale and hope they can make they game they want to.
#25 Edited by crusader8463 (14415 posts) -

Well that sucks. I was really looking forward to the game. I'm curious to know how much of that whole "to make the PC one better" crap was real, and how much of it was they just wanted to hold it back for the console gamers. Can't have PC getting a game first after all!


At least they are doing good by the customers any way. Well, better then most companies would have treated it. I never got around to buying it so sadly I miss out on the free game, but I honestly don't think there is another tell tale game that interests me anyway.
#26 Posted by robbob88 (326 posts) -

I am totally fine with this. I have complete faith that these guys know what they are doing. 

#27 Posted by JimmyRedd (52 posts) -
@Catfish666 said:
" Oh c'mon, drop the zinging. Telltale's a small company aiming for a niche audience and clearly filled by people who do their thing because they dig it. Considering the sales they have, it's really generous to offer something in return for the delay."
The only "zinging" in the article is aimed at Sony, not telltale.
#28 Posted by medacris (645 posts) -

Buy Poker Night. It's probably the funniest game I've ever played, plus free TF2 items!

I truthfully still have to watch Jurassic Park in full to be able to judge whether it even needs a video game adaption or not...

#29 Posted by masternater27 (915 posts) -
@medacris said:
" Buy Poker Night. It's probably the funniest game I've ever played, plus free TF2 items!

I truthfully still have to watch Jurassic Park in full to be able to judge whether it even needs a video game adaption or not... "
What is wrong with you? Get the hell off the computer and watch JP. Or read the book.
#30 Posted by detectivepbert (262 posts) -

I hope they fix the camera angles -- that was the reason i stopped played back to the future.

#31 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3748 posts) -
@Xpgamer7 said:
" Stop with the Zing-ing guys, it was never funny. Nice of them to be so generous most companies just say "Put it out late." and ignore fans. "
The zing was aimed at Sony's PSN being up by Fall...
#32 Posted by MrQuizmo (54 posts) -

Personally, I just wonder why they waited until today, less than a week before April is over, to announce the push back. Did they really just realize now that the game needed to be pushed back several months? I'm not  necessarily saying that shenanigans are afoot, but I am curious about why they waited this late to announce this, let alone when they actually made the decision and handed it off to the PR guys.


Anyway... Why's Telltale suddenly working on so many projects at once? I wonder if that is factoring into this decision.
#33 Posted by elko84 (1046 posts) -

this sucks!

#34 Posted by HatKing (5836 posts) -

Judging by the look of the game last time I saw it, this seems like a really good idea.  I'm happy the company has the intergrity to see that they're not proud of the game in its current state and want to wait to put it out.
#35 Posted by brocool (701 posts) -

me too pattycake, I want the blu-ray out asap as well.  Oh well, whats up with the monkey island series? any news? grim fandango question marks?

#36 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

It looked like it needed the delay judging by that QL. Good thing they realized that, too.

#37 Posted by chickdigger802 (501 posts) -

Curious who would take the refund.

A delayed game never caused me to cancel a preorder or what not.

Heck i had a twilight princess pre order for years.

#38 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:
" Well that sucks. I was really looking forward to the game. I'm curious to know how much of that whole "to make the PC one better" crap was real, and how much of it was they just wanted to hold it back for the console gamers. Can't have PC getting a game first after all!

At least they are doing good by the customers any way. Well, better then most companies would have treated it. I never got around to buying it so sadly I miss out on the free game, but I honestly don't think there is another tell tale game that interests me anyway.
"
Telltale have never done that and I doubt they will with any of their future releases..  Gameplay videos of the game has made it look quite janky and they've been receiving a lot of complaints about it.  I'm guessing they really did just want to clean it up before releasing it.

That said, I think a lot of people are ignoring the fact that this is a $30 downloadable game by a small development team.  If you go over and read the comments on somewhere like Gametrailers, people seem to be expecting something that looks like Crysis 2.
#39 Posted by MisterMouse (3541 posts) -

well at least they are giving something back to people!

#40 Posted by Syndrom (352 posts) -

that's mighty nice of telltale if you ask me

#41 Posted by andrewf87462 (548 posts) -

To be honest this is the first time i've ever heard of this game, have I been living in a cave or something!?  
#42 Posted by MikkaQ (10269 posts) -

The game looked fun, but also looked like it lacked polish, so I support this. Also real cool of them to offer refunds and a game like that.

#43 Posted by dvorak (1496 posts) -
Beyond polish and awareness, I have to assume they are taking the opportunity to fit in the release window for the Jurassic Park  BluRays.
#44 Posted by lumberingjackal (226 posts) -

That's the way you make good. Telltale's some good peeps... and hopefully the game will be good too.

#45 Posted by Teeknuts (189 posts) -

They need that extra time to perfect their butt-holding technology.

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