Lionsgate has announced that they have made a “significant investment” in the Telltale Games, the developer of the recent and acclaimed episodic games based on pre-existing properties like “The Walking Dead,” “Borderlands,” “Game of Thrones” and the comic “Fables” adaptation “The Wolf Among Us”.
EW announced the news, saying the investment is part of Telltale’s effort to produce original franchises including properties made in Telltale’s new “Super Show” model.
Telltale will be developing its first original IP as a Super Show – a combination of “one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content” according to Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner. The plan will then be to build future Super Show series based on existing IPs when it makes sense.
Of course the obvious question comes up, what’s the possibility of a Lionsgate property such as “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent” franchises being turned into a Telltale game series or ‘Super Show’. Bruner says:
“Prior to the Lionsgate investment, the possibility of Telltale working on a Lionsgate property was always feasible. We have a ton of respect for the IP they own and control. We will continue to explore how we can work together on some of their IP just as we have been doing for some time, but there’s nothing to announce right now.”
Despite the new ‘Super Show’ model, Telltale says they play to continue developing purely episodic games as well.