Telltale Games is an American Independent publisher known for creating story-driven episodic games. The widely successful Walking Dead series is just one of many Telltale developed games that allows players to dive into a popular franchise and make their own choices leading up to one of several endings. This “choose your own adventure” style of gaming provides an engaging experience and replay value for gamers.
Now the recent additions of Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands games offers even more possibilities for beloved franchises to be revisited in new episodic stories. While The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are active television shows, Telltale also has the opportunity to revive shows and comics that have long ended.
What franchises might be a good fit for the developer’s style? Here are a few suggestions:
Joss Whedon’s cult classic television show, Firefly, made a return in the form of a comic book series and seems like a good candidate. Fox’s cancellation of the witty space western has not deterred fans from wanting more stories in the ‘verse. The Firefly universe is vast and includes a diverse group of characters that would be perfect to explore in Telltale’s medium.
Doctor Who is a BBC classic and still an active show, but could bring a fresh and engaging experience. Instead of just simply making choices, the Doctor could offer more of a puzzle based gameplay. Let players work either as the Doctor or a companion of the Doctor in order to search for clues and solve puzzles—all with the help of the sonic screwdriver—as alien life puts worlds in peril. The show offers more than just aliens and bow ties; it often provides views of real emotional connections that would be a perfect fit for a future Telltale project.
Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic comic book series created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The Vertigo published series was popular for its mix of comedy, adventure and drama in a grim apocalyptic setting. Y: The Last Man shows a world driven into chaos with the death of all male species—the exception being the male protagonist and his Capuchin monkey. The story contains a diverse cast of characters with an engaging plot perfect for gamers. The length and complexity of the series could prove challenging, but Telltale could use an approach similar to their Walking Dead game by offering new characters and story within the universe. Yorick, the protagonist, meets many groups of people on his adventure. The game could even choose a female protagonist such as super-secret Agent 355 or Yorick’s sister who spent time with a gang of females called the Amazons.
Dexter is another example of a past show that could thrive as a Telltale game. The Showtime hit was originally adapted based off the novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. The premise of the books and show could offer a great interactive murder mystery game. Play as Dexter and interact with his colleagues as they solve murders, and help our favorite serial killer of serial killers race to reach the murderer first.
Based off the recent titles, it’s clear that Telltale Games has set the bar for interactive story-driven gameplay. These four franchises have the fan base and powerful story content needed to be future Telltale games. However, there are many other viable franchise options as Breaking Bad, Spartacus and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were also candidates for this list.
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