Few game developers have been able to deliver on the promise of episodic content the way Telltale has. Now the developer is looking to take their episodic games to the next stage.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner explained the concept of the Super Show, a new game format the company is working on in conjunction with Lionsgate Entertainment.
“A ‘Super Show’ episode combines one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content. Both pieces, when combined together, are what make an actual Super Show ‘episode,'” Bruner says.
“Both parts are first class citizens during the writing and design process. It’s not an interactive series with a show, or a TV show with a game, but a story integrated in a way that only Telltale can do.”
The first Super Show will be an original IP Telltale is developing alongside a “world-class creative partner.” Bruner says they’ve developed a world that will allow them to “really demonstrate the power of this new format.”
It’s hard to imagine how this will work, but Bruner explains:
Each Super Show episode will be released as a package designed so that you can consume the interactive portion or watch the scripted show portion in any order you’d like. For instance, if you play the interactive episode first, certain elements of the scripted episode portion will be tailored to reflect some choices made in your interactive play through. If you watch the show before playing, some elements in the interactive portions may be presented differently than if you played first. The interactive episodes will never release without a scripted episode, they will always come out together.
Eventually, he says, non-interactive episodes will be available as traditional television-style content on streaming services and broadcast television.
Telltale has partnered with Lionsgate Entertainment in order to make the scripted side of the equation work. Lionsgate is used to creating content like Orange is the New Black exclusively for streaming services, meaning that it knows better how to create television content for non-broadcast delivery and may be better suited than a more broadcast-oriented studio.
Telltale doesn’t have anything to announce yet so far as to what it is they’re working on, but knowing that it’s a new property all together kills my hope that they were working on reviving the Super Mario Brothers Super Show.