Archive for March, 2010

The Unweekly Roundup

At time of writing, it’s fifteen days until The Penal Zone will be smashing into your PC, Mac and PlayStation. Excited? Voice your opinion in the poll to the right. But quit looking into the future, we’re here to look back and see what happened in the past.

» Telltale hosted an invite-only event at GDC to celebrate the announcement of their new Sam & Max season. But for those not so lucky, Gametrailers has come to the rescue and published a video showing off some… best bits?

» Don’t want a free DVD with your games on at the end of the season? Don’t want to choose what free Telltale episode you want? Don’t panic, because you can now pre-order The Devil’s Playhouse on Steam for £24.99 (with Night of the Raving Dead free).

» Chuck Jordan, designer and writer for the new season, appeared on Gamespot’s video show Today on the Spot to talk through some of the introduction of the game. There’s no new content if you’ve been keeping track of everything else, but it’s an interesting watch nonetheless.

Interview with Brian Sommer

Brian Sommer does killer voice over. He’s played a lot of bad guys, and in the past has worked for companies such as Blizzard, Sega and UbiSoft. That’s all well and good, but we know Brian from his roles in Telltale’s games as Brady Culture (the villainous child star in Culture Shock) and Jurgen’s Monster (Night of the Raving Dead).

Does Brian have an afro? Who would he hypnotize? Why is he wearing fishnet stockings? All of these questions – and more – can be answered in our interview with the man himself. Read on and fill your brian with Brain. Wait…

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The Penal Zone gameplay, concepts and wallpapers

The media train is in full force for The Devil’s Playhouse, with gameplay footage appearing on Gamespot. The four videos all show gameplay footage from the beginning of the game, one with an interview with Telltale’s Will Armstrong on top. Over on Giant Bomb, they have posted a “Quick Look EX” a thirty minute walkthrough of the game’s opening (an early build) by Armstrong and Chuck Jordan. If you haven’t realised, there’ll be spoilers.

Along with the screenshots previously released, there are also four new pieces of concept art show characters Sal and Papierwaite, and a museum and lab location. These, along with the trailer, can be viewed on our page for The Devil’s Playhouse.

With all this new media out there, it’s a perfect opportunity to kit out your computer with some great wallpapers. So head over to our downloads page to bring your desktop to life with high resolution backgrounds.

Finally, the A.V. Club conducted an interview with Steve Purcell to talk games. Speaking of interviews, we’ve got one coming up with Steve too. Go here to ask your question to him – closing this Monday.

Official website and pre-orders go live for Devil’s Playhouse

Breathe in. Breathe out. After some leaks in the past couple of days, Telltale have cut the tape and officially announced the brand new, third season of their Sam & Max episodic games. There’s a snazzy website to promote it all, offering you to preorder all five episodes for $34.95, along with the trailer (which you may have already seen) and seven screenshots.

The episode names have also been revealed: The Penal Zone, The Tomb of Sammun-Mak, They Stole Max’s Brain!, Beyond the Alley of the Dolls and The City That Dares Not Sleep. The first episode will be released on April 15, with the rest following on a monthly schedule.

Wait no more! Head over to the site, click around (there are easter eggs to discover) and admire what is shaping up to be an amazing looking game.

The Devil’s Playhouse launching April 15

The following link and article contains minor plot spoilers. Look away if you’re overly sensitive.

IGN have posted up an article on their site with a first look at the new season of Sam & Max from the GDC 2010 show floor. The series will be simultaneously launching for the PC, Mac and PS3 on April 15. According to the article, the episode opens with Sam & Max being held captive by General Skunkap and having to make use of a disembodied alien brain to escape. We will be guided through the story by a Rod Serling-style narrator who will appear now and again to intersperse narration. There’s less emphasis on inventory use this time round, and instead “Max now has psychic powers like telepathy and the ability to transform into inanimate objects”. The article also mentions Sam having a notebook which contains references about returning characters and mission objectives, presumably for players who are new to the franchise.

With five episodes in total, the season will be sold at $29.99 for the full set, with PlayStation 3 owners being able to pre-order from the console’s download service. If you order through the Telltale site for PC and Mac, you’ll gain access to an exclusive board on the forums to chat with developers. Keep your eyes on the site, more details can be expected in the very near future.

The Devil’s Playhouse trailer released

The brand new and official trailer for the upcoming season three of the Sam & Max series, the Devil’s Playhouse, has landed on G4tv‘s website. Read on to watch it in full.

What’ve we learnt? The season will premier on April, with five episodes in total. Although the trailer only bears the Playstation branding, it can be safe to assume that will be seeing this on PC too. The official website is linked at the end of the trailer, offering you to pre-order, but at time of writing the site hasn’t gone live. As expected, there’s also an improved visual engine – lighting and shadows shadows, character models and textures all seem to be much nicer.

Then there’s the return of old faces like Harry Moleman, Flint Paper and Stinky along with new characters, some that we’ve seen in the concept art. Plus there’s shots of the street, not looking its usual self. And is that the soul train station…? Carry on reading for a step-by-step description of the trailer.

Update: It seems the trailer has been pulled from G4tv. At the request of Telltale, we wont be reposting the trailer. It should be up properly in a couple of days at the most.
Update 2: The trailer, along with screenshots and details, is now live on the official site.

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Ask Steve Purcell your question

The name Steve Purcell should ring a bell. As the award-winning creator of the Sam & Max series, Steve first brought the pair to life through his comics, later releasing them into the world of video games and television. It’s my very great pleasure that Steve has agreed to answer some of your questions in an interview for the site.

Leave your question in the comments below, and if it’s good enough then it’ll be asked to the man himself. It’s one per user, so make it count. Obviously make your questions appropriate, but be imaginative – do you really want to know what Steve’s favourite cereal is? Maybe you do, but there’s probably something more interesting you could ask.

Remember, you need an account on the site to comment, so go register here. It’s quick, easy and fast. The closing date for questions is Monday 15 March. Your question is not guaranteed to be answered.

Update: the questions have been answered here.

A round-up of tidbits

More happens round here than just interviews. While we are all patiently (or not) awaiting the announcement of season three, some small pieces of news have been dropping here and there. They’ve all been posted up over on our Twitter, but for those not paying attention, here’s what’s been going down.

» On February 22nd G4TV showed off season three’s logo and mentioned they’d have an exclusive interview with Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors. They also said that “big Telltale news is happening in a couple of days”. Still waiting on the video and the announcement.

» The ESRB, a video game rating board, put up their rating of The Penal Zone (episode one) and gave it E10+ along with revealing it would be coming to the PS3. There was a description which explained the reasoning behind this rating (as is standard by the ESRB), but it was later pulled at Telltale’s request.

» After a lengthy and close battle against Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Sam & Max won the Mac vote on Telltale’s site. This means that they will be the next game to be ported over to the Mac platform.

» And finally, there’s a new feature that has been added to the right hand sidebar of the site. Go look! It shows a random quote from Sam or Max every time you load a page. If you’ve got a quote you want to see, contact us and up it’ll go.

That’s all for now! With Telltale attending the Game Developers Conference from March 9-13, it can be expected that more Sam & Max news is on its way very soon. Keep your eyes here to be kept in the know.