[Updated] Telltale Games announces partnership with Lionsgate

Telltale Games and Lionsgate have today announced a new partnership between the two companies which will focus on the production of new and existing IP.

Through this collaboration, we can expect to see some of Liongate’s hottest film and television brands receive the videogame treatment through Telltale’s unique approach to storytelling, although no specific game has yet been announced. The CEO of Lionsgate, Jon Feltheimer, has also joined the Telltale Board of Directors.

Telltale Games are most recently well known for developing popular story-driven episodic games such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales From the Borderlands. Lionsgate have most recently distributed films such as The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, and The Divergent Series, as well as television shows such as Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, and Weeds. Following this deal, we can expect to see more enthralling episodic games join Telltale’s impressive catalog, and it’ll be interesting to see whether they’ll also create original games which will in return be distributed as films and television shows by Lionsgate.

Update: CEO at Telltale, Kevin Bruner, has revealed more details in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, including a new model that they will be following called the ‘Super Show’ which intends to bridge the gap between games and television. Basically, Super Show episodes are where a combination of television and games are used to tell their desired story. So for the first Telltale project that follows this model, we can expect to be able to fully experience the story through a game and a television episode, both of which will be available at the same time. The first ‘Super Show’ will be a new IP, allowing Telltale to own or co-own the IP as they develop the format before using it for existing licensed IPs. Check out the full interview at Entertainment Weekly.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As part of the continued diversification of its content business and recent entry into the game space, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has made a significant investment in leading game developer and publisher Telltale Games, the two companies announced today. As part of its investment, Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer will also join the Telltale Board of Directors.

The investment will continue the extension of Lionsgate’s film and television brands into the game space and will bring Lionsgate’s expertise in creating and marketing premium content to Telltale’s unique narrative-driven, storytelling approach to gaming.  The collaboration will also enable the two companies to explore opportunities to co-develop existing and original IP into episodic games and television.

Telltale has emerged as an industry leader in narrative-driven episodic games with the blockbuster hit The Walking Dead, which has sold 8.5 million copies and topped sales charts on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam, as well as the hit Game ofThrones, based on the smash television series, The Wolf Among Us, the episodic interactive graphic adventure video game based on Bill Willingham’sFables comic book, and Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale’s adaptation of the acclaimed PC, Mac and console video game title from Gearbox Software and 2K Games.

“Telltale is one of the premier storytellers in the gaming world today. Their leadership in narrative-driven episodic games, together with our investment and the potential opportunities created by our premium content expertise, will continue to strengthen their ability to offer exciting new avenues of storytelling to their next generation audiences across a broad range of platforms.” – Lionsgate CEO, Jon Feltheimer

“Lionsgate is one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial and impressive content companies in the world today.  I’m delighted to welcome an experienced executive like Jon, a leader who shares our unique vision, to our Board. Lionsgate has a great track record in developing and marketing feature films as well as platform-defining premium scripted television. This partnership will accelerate Telltale’s ability to create not only original games, but episodic television series based on our game properties – an area at the cutting edge of industry growth.” – Telltale CEO, Kevin Bruner

“Our partnership with Kevin Bruner and his team at Telltale continues to accelerate our momentum in the game space. The convergence between premium filmed entertainment brands and original game properties is a natural direction in which to continue diversifying our content business, and Telltale is the perfect partner with whom to explore this dynamic area of growth.” – Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures & Games, Peter Levin

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