Telltale Games is known for its powerful, choice-based storytelling, already made famous with The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2, Tales from the Borderlands, and Game of Thrones. All of these projects share a common trait–they’re based on existing work. But Telltale recently picked up a new CEO, Kevin Bruner, and with that announcement came the mention that a Telltale Games original IP is coming sometime in the future. Here’s the full statement, from gamesindustry.biz:
"We’re thrilled to continue our growth and bring our unique style of scripted entertainment to the next generation of digital media, and do that across thousands of different devices. Our top priority is to continue fostering an environment where the most talented and creative storytellers in the industry are working side by side with the world’s biggest creative partners. We’re already working on some of the biggest franchises in entertainment, and when you add our unannounced partnerships and upcoming original IP, it’s clear the most exciting time to be at Telltale is now, and there will continue to be more and more opportunity to innovate ahead of us."
When questioned by Gamasutra, Bruner had more to say on the matter. Read on:
"We don’t have anything to announce specifically right now, but I do think that when we look at our format — what we do, and the way we entertain people — we spend a lot of time thinking about, ‘What if we built a piece of content that’s specifically designed to do everything that’s perfect for us?’ And there’s been a lot of energy put in that direction. I think we’ll be talking more about what that energy is creating in the relatively near future. I wouldn’t say next week, but it certainly won’t be 10 years before you hear about it."
So, not only are they working on an original IP that we’re likely to hear about soon (perhaps sometime this year?), but it’s “designed to do everything that’s perfect for [Telltale]”. It’s exciting to think about what that would mean–if that would be a completely different type of game, or perhaps one that was more heavily influenced by choice…really, there’s tons of possibilities. This means we’ll need to keep an eye on Telltale, especially as they get closer to the end of their current projects, and see what they come up with.