Telltale Games is going for the hat trick. After two major successes based on popular comic book series – The Walking Dead, based on the Image comic, and The Wolf Among Us, the prequel to Bill Willingham’s Fables series, which is published by Vertigo, a division of DC Comics – it looks like Telltale will bring its unique brand of story-driven adventure game to the last of America’s three big comic book publisher.
As announced at a press event earlier today, Marvel is teaming with Telltale to create a game based on one of its iconic properties. The untitled game will arrive sometime in 2017, and is being developed for both consoles and PCs.
Executive producer Mike Jones claims that Marvel and Telltale are an ideal match, saying, “It takes a long time to find the right partner. We have one special game we’re excited about.” Jones compared the upcoming title to some of Marvel’s more recent games, including the mobile titles Spider-Man Unlimited and Contest of Champions (presumably Jones was talking aboutfidelity to the source material; neither of those games are adventure titles), and he said that the upcoming Telltale collaboration will be equally as “sexy” and authentic to the Marvel brand. As Jones says, “If it doesn’t turn heads, if it doesn’t get you excited to talk with your friends, it’s not a Marvel game.”
Neither Telltale nor Marvel gave any indication as to which Marvel charactersthe upcoming game will feature, although the 2017 release date might hold some clues. In 2017, Marvel Studios will release Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnorok, and a new Spider-Man film (produced in collaboration with Sony). Meanwhile, the third Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, is currently scheduled for May 4, 2018. It won’t be surprising if the upcoming Telltale game ties in to any – or all – of these films.
Telltale Games actually cut their teeth on comic book adaptations, and the studio hasn’t looked back since. The developer’s first adventure title was Bone: Out from Boneville, which adapted the first volume of Jeff Smith’s classic series, while its first big success came with Sam & Max Save the World, a game that starred the characters from Steve Purcell’s indie comic, Sam & Max: Freelance Police.
As such, it’s not surprising that Telltale remains close to the comic book industry, although the studio has branched out to tackle other geek-friendly properties, including Jurassic Park, Borderlands, and Game of Thrones. Telltale is currently working on its first game based on an original IP.