Monday, October 25, 2010

Telltale Games' Back to the Future Site is Up

Telltale Games' foray into movie licensing looks to be off to a quality start.  The official Back to the Future adventure game website is up and running, and true to form, Telltale's team is taking the license seriously.  Screenwriter Bob Gale is onboard as a consultant, and Christopher Lloyd is back in character to voice Doc Brown.  The story takes place after the events of Back to the Future III, sending Marty McFly on a new quest. 

Unfortunately, Michael J. Fox is not available to voice Marty's many lines of dialogue, so those duties will be handled by A.J. Locascio.  But Telltale is running a preorder special that honors Mr. Fox's contribution to the series in a socially-responsible manner: preorder the downloadable series on PC or Mac for $24.95, and Telltale Games will donate $1 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Telltale almost singlehandedly revived the adventure genre with their funny, well-designed games in the Lucasarts tradition, so I'm looking forward to this one.  There was never really a decent Back to the Future game when the movies were originally in circulation -- but with Telltale's focus on storytelling, they just might be able to pull it off.

UPDATE:   A friend ran into Christopher Lloyd at a convention in Chicago this past weekend, and she reports that he talked a bit about this project.  He reportedly loved playing Doc Brown, and would gladly do another Back to the Future movie, but will settle for the game.  Watching Telltale's video clips of Lloyd performing the character in the recording booth, it seems evident he's loving every minute of it, acting full-on even though only his voice is being captured.

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