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Telltale Games Developing Episodic 'Law & Order: LA' Games

by Rainier on April 18, 2011 @ 4:14 p.m. PDT

Telltale Games and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an expansion of its relationship to include games based on the newest installment of NBCUniversal’s popular “Law & Order” franchise over multiple years.

TV’s longest-running crime series and consistently top rated “Law & Order” franchise combines bracing ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling with the distinctive backdrop of different law enforcement units. As the newest addition to the brand, “Law & Order: LA” performed as one of the most successful new shows for 2010, increasing viewership from the prior year for the same timeslot by over 60%. “Law & Order: LA” airs on Mondays on NBC 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

“Law Order: Los Angeles” follows Detectives Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina, "An Education," "The Da Vinci Code," "Spiderman 2") and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll, "Midnight in Paris") as they pursue cases through the diverse City of Angels. As members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery Homicide Division, Morales, a former Deputy District Attorney, has returned to the police force after he became frustrated with the system, while TJ, who grew up the son of an Oscar-winning Polish cinematographer, knows too well the dark underside that is behind-the-scenes Hollywood. Protecting the detectives who serve under her is Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales (Rachel Ticotin, "Man on Fire"), who is driven, focused, and meticulous. Deputy District Attorney Jonah “Joe” Dekker (Terrence Howard, "Crash," "Hustle & Flow") is a white knight crusader whose political ambitions often bring him into conflict with his boss, working with Deputy District Attorney Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza, "Law & Order") at his side.

With the “Law & Order: LA” games, Telltale will build from the experience and expertise cultivated through numerous seasons of police and crime procedural games over the years. The “Law & Order: LA” games will take the crime solving focus to interrogation and criminal investigations, with a heavy dose of courtroom drama on each case. Telltale will also continue to advance its unique approach to cinematic presentation and storytelling as well as dialog and character interactions.

“’Law & Order: LA” fits very well with the style of episodic entertainment experiences Telltale has been building since our very first days,” said Telltale co-founder and CEO Dan Connors. “The talents and skills that we’ve been building at Telltale are ideally suited for the structure and storytelling approach of televised procedurals like ‘Law & Order.’”

“We have been extremely pleased with our alliance with Telltale Games, and are excited to add a new series to our relationship with games based on Law & Order: LA,” said Bill Kispert, VP & GM, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “Telltale’s attention to the details and nuances of the source material in the games they develop, combined with the drama of their episodic storytelling, is a combination that game-playing fans of the ‘Law & Order’ franchise will love.”

Telltale’s first episodic game series based on “Law & Order: LA” is expected to release in 2011 for PC, Mac, console, mobile and tablets, while the agreements also includes rights for integrated social media applications.

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