As if the dreams of almost every child of the 80s hadn't already come true when TellTale Games, helmers of the Sam and Max series, announced that they would be making a Back To The Future game, we now have this juicy detail.
Some of you may already be aware that the Back To The Future trilogy is scheduled to be released in digitally remastered Blu-ray form on October 26th. What you may be surprised to learn, is that enclosed within the box set is a voucher for a free copy of the upcoming episodic game's first episode.
The voucher contains a URL and a redemption code, although the game still does not have a release date. Confused? TellTale explains:
"At the URL on the insert, people will be able to register for the free episode and will receive notification from Telltale Games when the episode is available to download"
A good idea for fans of the movies who aren't able to keep an eye peeled for the game's release. Since the voucher code, "121GIGAWATTS" is hardly unique, inquisitive readers may deduce that the download code may be made available to the general public, making the first episode of the game essentially a free demo. According to Joystiq, TellTale plans to make that fact clear - either at, or following, the game's release.
It's still unclear which of the story options TellTale chose to pursue, so a free glimpse will go a long way in convincing skeptics that they've made the right choice. So for those who thought that TellTale was generous for selling bundled games for charity, obviously their charity extends into games they have yet to release to fans.
It's hard to remain impartial on this, since Back To the Future holds a special place in my childhood. So there are undoubtedly a great number of you who share my enthusiasm for a game version based on the trilogy, and to see the same developer who mashed up some of gaming's most beloved characters into a poker game get that opportunity - I'm optimistic my hopes will be rewarded. TellTale knows their fan base, and the fact that Bob Gale, writer of the films, will be penning the game as well only encourages high hopes.
It will be interesting to see just how well the release of the Back To the Future trilogy will do on Blu-ray, although I know I'll certainly be picking up a copy.