Telltale Games, the game developers behind the story-driven hits such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us are to collaborate with leading TV and movie studio, Lionsgate.
The announcement comes as part of Lionsgate’s strategy of “diversification of its content”, including a move into the gaming industry. They’ve made a major investment into Telltale Games, and the current CEO of Lionsgate, Jon Feltheimer, is also joining the Board of Directors for Telltale.
The collaboration will enable Telltale to develop gaming platforms of Lionsgate’s existing IPs, as well as co-developing original IPs into episodic games and television programmes.
Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner said: “This partnership will accelerate Telltale’s ability to create not only original games, but episodic television series based on our game properties – an area at the cutting edge of industry growth”.
What it means exactly is yet to be seen, but we can only assume that we’ll be seeing a lot of Lionsgate TV and movie names transformed into Telltale’s trademark episodic games. Their current TV programmes include the likes of Mad Men, Nashville and Orange is the New Black, and movie franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent are also under their umbrella.
Could it also be that we’ll see a new wave of televised programming running parallel with an episodic game?
I’m putting money on a Hunger Games game being announced fairly soon….