The good news: Telltale Games has partnered with Marvel and will be making a new game set within that universe. The bad news: It’ll be about two years before said game ever sees the light of day. Here’s hoping your super power is unwavering patience.
Last night, Telltale Games and Marvel hosted a special event in San Francisco to announce the partnership, saying that their heroic game will be releasing sometime in 2017. That news was made in conjunction with a super brief blog post over at Telltale, showing off the above image and Ant-Man sized details.
“Announced this evening in San Francisco, we’re excited to reveal an all-new partnership with the incredible team at Marvel Entertainment,” reads the post. “We’ll be teaming up on the development of an upcoming Telltale game series project set to premiere in 2017.”
The post goes on to invite fans to “stay tuned” for more details. Given how far out the launch is, it looks like we’ll be locked in on the Telltale channel for quite some time.
If you consider what all the adventure game developer has going on these days, it’s not hard to see why we’re going to be waiting until 2017 before playing their Marvel game. A third season of The Walking Dead is now confirmed, and I’d assume a second season of The Wolf Among Us is inbound, too. Currently, the developer is rolling out first seasons for Tales from the Borderlands and A Game of Thrones. And that’s not including the other long-term projects they’ve announced, like Minecraft, or have craftily tucked up their sleeves.
I’d argue that they’re taking on too much work at this point but, so far, the quality hasn’t suffered. Seasons are taking longer to roll out, which is a bit of a bummer, but at least the content remains solid. Also, we’re talking two years here. It’s not like they’ve said “Oh, and here’s yet another game we’re trying to release alongside our other current projects.”
While Telltale hasn’t flat out said that its Marvel game will follow the same formula as recent hits, its seems like an obvious fit given the ability to carry out multiple stories and explore various characters through an episodic release. Also, they typically use a cell-shaded art style that basically looks like a comic book come to life, so that would match up perfect with Marvel characters.
Now for the big question: What characters and story will the game focus on? There are a boatload of Marvel movies going right now, so the game could tie in to any number of them. As for me, I’d like to see something similar to what they’re doing with Game of Thrones, boasting characters and events that occur tangent to the main narrative. I’d like to see some other, maybe less known heroes get a chance to take center stage here.