Developer Telltale Games has become the go-to studio for fans of strong storytelling in video games. Its episodically-released content has created some of the most compelling moments in recent video game history. The Walking Dead gave players some of the toughest moral choices around, whilst the ambitious The Wolf Among Us continued Telltale’s spectacular form and was one of our top 10 games of 2014. Not only that, but Telltale has successfully taken on two major franchises in Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones.
Even then, the developer already has two further games in the works. 2015 will see the release of a Telltale-crafted adventure game set in the Minecraft universe, whilst Telltale’s CEO Kevin Bruner has also announced that the developer is working on an entirely new IP. The future looks bright, and there is plenty of room for Telltale to expand. Here’s our pick of ten franchises we would love to see Telltale adapt in the future.
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is one of the most highly regarded science fiction movies, and the universe – based upon Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – would seem a perfect fit for Telltale’s game style. Playing the role of a replicant-hunting Blade Runner, there would be mysteries to solve, untrustworthy characters to examine and, most importantly, serious moral questions to be asked of the player character. Given there’s potentially another Blade Runner film coming at some point, there could be room for other media set in the universe. Warner Bros. could do worse than choosing Telltale to expand the story.
When Telltale took on Game of Thrones, they took on one of the most well-loved television series around. Why not make an adaptation of another? Breaking Bad would provide players with a huge number of moral choices and tense relationships with the likes of Gus Fring and Jack Welker. The release of the recent spin-off series Better Call Saul, which focused on Walter White’s small-time lawyer Saul Goodman, shows that there is still room for stories to be told within Breaking Bad’s universe, even after the initial narrative has reached its conclusion.
This is a no-brainer, really. Brian K. Vaughan, the writer of the comic series, has already spoken about his love of Telltale and the way the developer has adapted other works, and for good reason. Telltale has taken extreme care with other comic franchises, with both The Walking Dead and Fables-inspired The Wolf Among Us deserving of their critical acclaim. The series itself is a great fit as well: there are high stakes in play, characters with plenty of depth, and moral dilemmas and vulnerability galore.
Telltale has already worked on a 1980s iconic movie franchise with Back to the Future, and Ghostbusters has similar potential. Its off-the-wall comedy, strong set of characters and fantastical storylines all lend themselves well to an episodic release schedule. The recent Tales from the Borderlands showed that Telltale still has its comedic chops, and given the on-the-pulse humor of Back to the Future it’s clear Telltale knows how to handle well-loved comedy series.
Frank Herbert’s magnum opus may seem an odd choice, but the novel series has already seen stranger video game adaptations. Dune has been adapted as a real-time strategy title three times – with the Westwood-developed Battle For Arakis serving as a template for Command & Conquer. Telltale has already had success with another epic story of family ties, political maneuvering and revenge with its recent Game of Thrones adaptation, and it would interesting to see whether that could be replicated with the unique universe of Dune.
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