Telltale

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Telltale
Type Subsidiary of LCG Entertainment
Founded June 2004
Headquarters Malibu, California, US
Key people Kevin Bruner, founder
Dan Connors, founder
Troy Molander, founder
Industry Video games
Products Video games
Employees 250 (prior to 9/21/18)
25 (prior to assignment)
Website http://www.telltale.com/

Telltale is an American video game studio located in Malibu, California, USA.

Formation

Telltale was incorporated in San Raphael, California in June 2004 by Kevin Bruner, Dan Connors, and Troy Molander, who had previously worked on Sam & Max: Freelance Police at LucasArts. Telltale was founded as a direct result of that game's cancellation on March 3, 2004. While at LucasArts, the Freelance Police team pitched the idea for cases of the game to be released episodically through digital media. They were told by the legal team that it wasn't a sustainable business model, so when the team formed their own company, they decided to try that business model for themselves.

Early titles

A number of the Freelance Police team joined Telltale upon its creation, and they began development on an in-house engine. This engine, the Telltale Tool, used the open-source LUA language for its scripts and was created to allow it to be updated to support additional platforms and graphics technologies, enabling it to be used in all of the games developed by the studio. Using the Telltale Tool, they began working on a game to test their engine, as well as the animation and storytelling which would be necessary when they began working on their own adventure games. This game was a poker game, which the team soon realized could be sold on its own, so they polished it to commercial standards and branded it Telltale Texas Hold'em. It was released on February 11, 2005, for Windows, primarily to test their digital storefront, which was named Telltale Now, but after 2007 was simply known as the Telltale Store.

A third Bone game, consisting of Eyes of the Storm and reportedly material from other Bone books, was announced in 2006. It was canceled in 2009, due to the fact that Telltale concentrated on the Sam and Max series and had lost the license to make Bone games by that point.

An episodic King's Quest game was announced to be in development by Telltale in 2011. It was canceled in 2013 as Telltale had lost the license to make a King's Quest game, and the intellectual property owners of King's Quest, Activision, intended to publish a King's Quest game themselves. The Odd Gentlemen released their episodic King's Quest between 2015 and 2016.

Telltale's first foray as a co-developer was in 2011, with Hector: Badge of Carnage, a game which they shared development duties with primary developer Straandlooper.

Mainstream success and expansion

In 2012, the release of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series‏‎ was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, winning over 80 Game of the Year awards and selling 8.5 million episodes totaling more than $40 million in sales. After this success, Telltale expanded, from 110 employees to approximately 170.

In 2015, Lionsgate invested in Telltale Games to enable the two companies to co-develop original and existing intellectual properties for video games and television. Later that year, the Telltale Publishing label was formed. The first game to be published under this new label was the Jackbox Party Pack, followed by Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.apk, 7 Days To Die, and RGX Showdown.

Majority studio closure and assignment

In 2018, all of Telltale's investors, including Lionsgate, pulled out of investment in the company. On September 21, 2018, Telltale announced a majority studio closure, laying off 250 employees with a staff of 25 staying on to fulfill contractual obligations to their board and to their partners. The game that was developed to fulfill the contractual obligations was Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix. On November 27, 2018, after the game was released, most of the rest of the employees were laid off as well, and Telltale filed for assignment.

The Wolf Among Us: Season Two, Game of Thrones: Season Two, Stranger Things, and Telltale's Super Show were cancelled as a result of the closure. Beam Team Games also terminated their contract with Telltale Publishing when the release of Stranded Deep on consoles missed its release date and was pulled from digital storefronts.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season was completed by Skybound Games, who contracted some of the original team to finish the game from the Telltale offices.

Studio purchase by LCG Entertainment

On August 28, 2019, LCG Entertainment announced that they had purchased Telltale and the rights to some of their games. The headquarters of Telltale was moved from San Raphael, CA to Malibu, CA.

Games developed by Telltale

Title System Release Added to Museum Notes
Back to the Future: The Game Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4 Wii
iOS
2011 macOS/Windows: October 26, 2011
Xbox 360: October 14, 2015
Five episode story in the Back to the Future series.
Batman: The Telltale Series Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2016 macOS/Windows: August 15, 2017
Xbox 360: November 17, 2018
Five episode story in the Batman series.
Batman: The Enemy Within Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2018 macOS/Windows: March 27, 2018 Five episode story in the Batman series.
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows
macOS
2005
2006
Windows: December 23, 2014 A single episode story in the Bone series.
Bone: The Great Cow Race Windows 2007 Windows: December 23, 2014 A single episode story in the Bone series.
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Windows
PS2
2006
2007
Windows: November 2, 2011
PS2: September 25, 2012
A story with five cases in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series.
The WEC Museum owns the Super Pack for Windows with the first four games.
CSI: Hard Evidence Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Wii
2007
2007
2007
2008
Xbox 360: May, 2, 2014
Windows: November 2, 2011
A story with five cases in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series.
The WEC Museum owns the Super Pack for Windows with the first four games.
CSI: Deadly Intent Windows
Xbox 360
Wii
2009 Windows: November 25, 2011 A story with five cases in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series.
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy Windows
PS3
Xbox 360
Wii
2010 Windows: May 4, 2015 A story with five cases in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2015 macOS/Windows: July 23, 2015 A six episode story in the Game of Thrones series.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2018 macOS/Windows: November 7, 2017 A five episode story in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Hector: Badge of Carnage Windows
macOS
PS3
Wii
2010-2011 macOS/Windows: September 23, 2011 A five episode story co-developed with Straandlooper.
Jurassic Park: The Game Windows
macOS
PS3
Xbox 360
iOS
2011 macOS/Windows: November 15, 2011 A four episode story in the Jurassic Park series.
Law & Order Legacies Windows
macOS
iOS
2012 macOS/Windows: March 29, 2012 A story with seven cases in the Law & Order series.
Minecraft: Story Mode Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4 Nintendo Switch
Android
iOS
2016 macOS/Windows: March 29, 2016 A five episode story in the Minecraft series.
Minecraft: Story Mode - Adventure Pass Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4 Nintendo Switch
Android
iOS
2016 macOS/Windows: September 13, 2016 Three episode downloadable content for Minecraft: Story Mode.
Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4 Nintendo Switch
Android
iOS
2017 macOS/Windows: December 19, 2017 A five episode story in the Minecraft series.
Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent Windows
macOS
PS3
iOS
2010 Mac: June 30, 2010
Win: June 30, 2010
Single episode story in the Puzzle Agent series.
Puzzle Agent 2 Windows
macOS
PS3
Xbox 360
iOS
2011 Mac: June 30, 2011
Win: June 30, 2011
Single episode story in the Puzzle Agent series.
Poker Night at the Inventory macOS
Windows
2010 May 18, 2010 A poker game crossover with Sam & Max, Penny Arcade, Homestar Runner, and Team Fortress 2.
Poker Night 2 Windows
macOS
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
iOS
2013 Mac: May 27, 2013
Win: May 27, 2013
A poker game crossover with Sam & Max, Evil Dead, Borderlands, The Venture Bros. and Portal.
Sam & Max Save the World Windows
Wii
Xbox 360
2006-2007
2008
2009
Win: October 17, 2006 A story with six cases in the Sam & Max series.
Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Windows
Xbox 360
Wii
macOS
PlayStation 3
iOS
2007-2008
2009
2010
2010
2011
2012
Mac: April 6, 2008
Win: April 6, 2008
A story with five cases in the Sam & Max series.
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Windows
macOS
PlayStation 3
iOS
2010 Mac: May 18, 2010
Win: May 18, 2010
A story with five cases in the Sam & Max series.
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Windows
macOS
PlayStation 3
Wii
2008 Windows: December 15, 2008
macOS: January 13, 2011
A five episode story in the Homestar Runner series.
Tales of Monkey Island Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2009 macOS/Windows: October 20, 2015 Five episode story in the Monkey Island series.
Tales from the Borderlands Windows
macOS
PS3
iOS
2015 macOS/Windows: November 25, 2014 Five episode story in the Borderlands series.
Telltale Texas Hold'em Windows 2005 February 11, 2005 A poker game that is the spiritual predecessor of Poker Night at the Inventory and Poker Night 2.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series‏‎ Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2012 macOS/Windows: November 20, 2012 First season of The Walking Dead series with five episodes.
The Walking Dead: 400 Days Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2013 macOS/Windows: July 2, 2013 Downloadable content episode for The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series.
The Walking Dead: Season Two Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2012 macOS/Windows: August 26, 2014 Second season of The Walking Dead series with five episodes.
The Walking Dead: Michonne Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2012 macOS/Windows: August 26, 2014 Three episode side story in The Walking Dead series.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2017 macOS/Windows: May 30, 2017 Third season of The Walking Dead series with five episodes.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Windows
macOS
Xbox One
PS4
Android
iOS
2019 Windows: May 30, 2019 Fourth season of The Walking Dead series with four episodes.
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures Windows
Xbox 360
iOS
2009 Windows: July 30, 2009 Four episode story in the Wallace & Gromit series.
The Wolf Among Us Windows
macOS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PS3
PS4
Android
iOS
2014 macOS/Windows: July 8, 2014 Five episode story in the Fables series.