Developer Telltale and publisher Deck Nine have partnered up to create the newest title The Expanse A Telltale Series.
This is the first new IP to be announced by Telltale since its reformation in 2019. It is being co-developed with Deck Nine, the studio who also made Life is Strange: True Colors. This game will be based on the popular Amazon Prime sci-fi television series The Expanse. It will be a story-driven interaction game.
“One of our driving forces is to empower other creative voices to tell their stories in the manner of previous genre-defining Telltale games,” said Jamie Ottilie, CEO of Telltale. “We are such fans of the work Deck Nine has done and were searching for an IP we could create stories in together. The Expanse is a rich world both studios are really excited to explore.”
The franchise is set hundreds of years in the future and humanity has already colonized the whole Solar System. There are now tensions between the three primary factions of power, which are the Earthers, Marians, and Belters. In the TV series, it will follow a group of protagonists that represent all three groups to uncover and become involved in a conspiracy that threatens the fragile balance.
This game will be set before the events of the TV series. Players will be taking on the role of Camina Drummer, the leader of a ragtag scavenging crew on the hunt for a mysterious treasure on the edges of The Belt. Players will work with a mix of big personalities, fight against a mutiny, explore locations beyond the belt, and make tough decisions to decide the fate of The Artemis spaceship and the crew.
“Working with a fantastic IP like The Expanse is both daunting and thrilling,” said Jeff Litchford, COO for Deck Nine. “We wanted to pick a character and story that hadn’t already been told – one that players could really influence but that also stayed true to the books and series for the fans. The collaboration with Telltale has enabled us to bounce around ideas and approach things from the different perspectives each company brings to the adventure genre as we work to tell the best story possible.”
“The Expanse is a deep world full of political nuance and complex characters that evolve yet are flawed; it’s been such a joy to be able to delve into the individual side stories throughout the books and six seasons of the show,” said George Collins, President of Alcon Interactive Group. “Collaborating with two of the most prominent studios known for their work in narrative games is exciting, and we are confident The Expanse is in good hands. There is so much left to explore in new ways and we plan to do so as long as the fans keep showing up.”
The Expanse: A Telltale Series is now in its early stages of development. It will be released on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. No details yet on when it will be launched.