Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
In June, it was announced that Telltale Games was developing a series of new episodic video games based off the Jurassic Park and Back to the Future movie franchises, in a deal with NBC Universal. Now we have a couple new updates, including our first look at concept art for the Back to the Future game.
I love the concept art, can’t wait to see how it looks in action in the actual gameplay. USA Today also offers up the following tidbits:
- Will include the likenesses of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as the characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown
- Other characters from the series will make appearances, although who knows if the actors will provide their likenesses or voices. I hope they get
Thomas F. Wilson to reprise Biff Tannen. Knowing Chrispin Glover, his appearance would probably be unlikely.
- Christopher Lloyd will also provide his voice for the games.
- Back to the Future series screenwriter Bob Gale is working with the game developers on the story
- They are planning five “episodes”.
- It will be set in the fictional California setting of Hill Valley, and will explore 1985 and additional time periods.
For those of you who don’t recognize the name of the company — Telltale Games is a video game developer founded in 2004, consisting of a group of former LucasArts employees who worked on the Monkey’s Island and Sam & Max games. They have produced games based on Wallace & Gromit, Homestar Runner and Tales of Monkey Island.
Telltale Games CEO Dan Connors has said that “the games, which are in the early stages of development, would tell new stories extending the “Back to the Future” and “Jurassic Park” lore. He teased that the “Back to the Future” games may include a DeLorean ride back to the 1970s while the “Jurassic Park” games would be intense and add new backstories to the series’ man-versus-dinosaur mythology.”
“The games are going to exist within these worlds,” said Connors. “I wouldn’t call these games sequels per se but a new interpretation of their worlds for a new medium. For one generation, it’s an introduction to these series. For another generation, it’s a thing they can look back on and something they can share warmly with their family and friends.”
The games will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC and Mac games this winter. As someone who is a huge Back to the Future fantic, I am very excited. Out of all the games produced based on the Back to the Future franchise, none of them have been really good. The coolest thing I’ve seen was a mod for the game Crysis. And juging by Telltale games past releases, this project has the potential to be really fun. My only question is: Is Bob Gale, the mastermind behind the Back to the Future series, involved even as a creative consultant?
Here is a retrospective look at the video games of Back to the Future. This is something we’ve always meant to feature in VOTD, but just never got around to:
Bleep Bloop takes a look back at some of the video game adaptations that were created from the classic Back to the Future trilogy. A retrospective of the games that were created for NES, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo Gamecube, including a game that was only released in Japan (see image above).