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Telltale Games Launches Digital Download Service

by Rainier on June 22, 2005 @ 8:45 a.m. PDT

Telltale Incorporated today announces Telltale Now, its new model for delivering graphically rich, engaging, interactive stories direct to consumers. Telltale is currently developing its first major Telltale Now release, based on Jeff Smith's popular Bone series, which will be available Fall, 2005. Telltale will announce additional Telltale Now plans later this year.

Telltale has created development tools and systems designed specifically for digital distribution to enable this new mode of entertainment.

Telltale Now features:

  • Immediate delivery. Customers get titles quickly by downloading them over the Internet, eliminating trips to local retail stores.
  • Free passports. Visit new worlds, meet characters and explore interactive stories free of charge. Customers then gain instant access to full stories with a simple mouse-click and secure online transaction.
  • Engaging, ongoing stories. For most titles, Telltale will release new episodes at regular intervals. While each release will offer a complete, self-contained adventure, customers will also be able to continue the stories as new installments become available throughout the year.

"We've identified a void, which lies between long-form games for hard core gamers at one end of the spectrum and casual online parlor diversions at the other," says Dan Connors, Chief Executive Officer of Telltale. "We see an opportunity to offer rich, interactive stories that anyone can quickly download and play ^Ö which are simply not available today. This is an exciting new way to get great adventures out to the world."

Mike Stemmle, veteran interactive writer and designer, says "Telltale's new format makes me all a-tingly with storytelling and design possibilities. It's nice to see a company with the huevos to try
something different."

"Telltale Now fills a unique place in the digital entertainment world," says CEO Dan Connors. "These titles provide affordable, shorter-form online programming, analogous to TV shows. Contrast this with traditional longer-form titles available at retail, which are comparable to feature films."

Telltale will publish it's first Bone title this fall, based on the popular graphic novel series which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. The Bone adventures begin with three cousins "Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone" who become separated in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures and new mysteries that await them.

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