What Telltale Games should do next
Telltale has cherry picked some of the most lucrative franchises around – from Jurassic Park to Game of Thrones – in the establishment of its empire. But what comes next once it’s done with Marvel and Minecraft?
Here we unveil our top five picks while avoiding the inevitable Harry Potter or Star Wars that are both surely more likely then any of our ideas.
If ever a series was crying out to be reinvented by Telltale it’s Alien. Give me a dark, brooding ship in the classic Alien ‘1970s future’ style, a hodgepodge crew that’s hiding an android or two among its number and throw a Xenomorph into the mix. OK, so yes, we’ve seen it all before, but if written well and paced so that the Alien becomes all but invisible and invincible once more, this could be gold. Alien Isolation gave the formula a decent shot, but Telltale could nail it.
When Microsoft announced it was bringing out a franchise set in the Halo franchise during Gamescom, and one designed to focus on story to boot. We can’t have been the only ones thinking that a Telltale-made Halo adventure was incoming. Instead Phil Spencer dropped the Halo Wars 2 bomb – fair enough – but we can’t help but thinking our idea was better (naturally). A game telling the story of the origins of Chief, more of what happened on Reach, or another ODST-led survivalist drama would all work very nicely indeed. Sure this is inevitable in the long run?
After Alien, we doubt that many could argue against The Thing being the the most tense and claustrophobic sci-fi horror ever made. It’s a study in suspicion and survival that’s made by a script that focuses on the people, not the Thing itself, to keep the audience on edge and constantly second-guessing themselves. Sounds like a sure fire winner to us, the only question is would they remake the original or tell the tale of a second outbreak? Just as long as they avoid the trajectory of that disastrous sequel, eh?
If episodic content is your thing why not tackle something designed to be presented in episodes? We’ve opted for the digitalisation of all thing Madge, Harold, Darlene and the rest of Ramsay Street residents here, but we could just as easily opted for Coronation Street, EastEnders, Brookside or Days of Our Lives (I least we think that’s the US equivalent). Imagine being able to choose whether Bouncer leaves his owner to go and live with Mrs Mangle who has secretly been feeding him steak dinners – drama doesn’t get much tenser than this.
Telltale Games the Game
Imagine an autobiographical memoir of the founding and subsequent rise of Telltale itself. You, yes you, can decide what franchise they tackle next, which writers to hire and fire and, of course, whether or not to update that engine. A Telltale game couldn’t come much more meta, could it? Just imagine the haul of awards they’d scoop.