SAN RAFAEL, CA, November 8, 2007– What do a straight-laced dog in a baggy suit, a gun-toting rabbity-thing, and Santa Claus have in common? No, they're not imaginary—they're the stars of "Ice Station Santa," the premiere episode of the acclaimed Sam&Max game series' second season. "Ice Station Santa" is available today for GameTap subscribers and will follow tomorrow with a worldwide release from www.telltalegames.com.
As in a television sitcom, the season premiere kicks off a brand new story arc, enabling new audiences to dive right in along with returning fans. "Ice Station Santa" finds jolly old Saint Nick a bit off his rocker, terrorizing the elves and sending out presents that range from disappointing to downright dangerous. The future of Christmas hangs in the balance like a hand grenade perched on the shaky bough of a Douglas fir, and it's up to Sam&Max to set things straight.
"Today's release highlights a number of firsts for episodic gaming," says Telltale's CEO Dan Connors. "Sam&Max is the first episodic series to enter a second season, and 'Ice Station Santa' is the first holiday special for a game series. The playing experience is new, too. People are finishing an episode and spending the next month speculating with other fans about what's going to happen. Telltale's not just putting out fun games. We're building a whole new kind of user experience."
"Ice Station Santa" can be played as part of a GameTap subscription exclusively today or purchased from Telltale individually or in a Season Two download bundle starting tomorrow. Full pricing information is available at www.gametap.com and www.telltalegames.com.
"Collaborating with Telltale to launch the first successful episodic game as our premiere GameTap Original title has been a great experience," said Ricardo Sanchez, vice president of content and creative director for GameTap. "We know that both our Gold level subscribers and Sam&Max fans all over the world will enjoy this early holiday treat."
The second installment of the five-episode Sam&Max Season Two will come out in January, followed by monthly releases through April. Each game will debut on GameTap at www.gametap.com/samandmax on the second Thursday of the month, followed one day later by its worldwide release at www.telltalegames.com.
Steve Purcell published "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple" as his first Sam&Max comic in 1987. Sam&Max solved assorted crimes and mysteries as Freelance Police in their sturdy 1960 black and white DeSoto Adventurer from their home base in New York City. After a series of follow-up comic books, Purcell worked with a team at LucasArts to create the critically-acclaimed Sam&Max Hit the Road adventure game in 1993. The dog and rabbity-thing duo moved to television in an award-winning animated series in 1997. They are now appearing in an all-new webcomic series at www.telltalegames.com, which won an Eisner award in 2007 for Best Digital Comic. Surfin' the Highway, the long out-of-print Sam&Max comic collection, is about to be reprinted for the first time in over a decade.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a new breed of interactive entertainment company pioneering high-caliber episodic game publishing and development. Founded in 2004 by industry veterans with decades of experience, the company has quickly become a leader in episodic gaming by delivering award-winning interactive experiences that emphasize engaging stories, strong characters, and rich worlds. Telltale has shipped 10 titles to date, using proprietary tools that streamline development of high-quality, cinematic experiences for multiple platforms and digital distribution. These releases include the monthly six-episode series Sam&Max: Season One, episodes adapted from Jeff Smith's epic Bone graphic novel series, and games based on television's popular CSI program in partnership with Ubisoft. Telltale offers content development and custom publishing services for license-holders interested in interactive adaptations of their properties. Telltale's games are available at the company's website and through select partners such as Turner Broadcasting's GameTap subscription service. To learn more about Telltale, please visit www.telltalegames.com.
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