Official Press Release
Telltale, Inc. is pleased to announce the immediate availability of itsfirst interactive tale based on "Out from Boneville," from Jeff Smith'sacclaimed Bone series. Visitors to the Telltale website can also downloada free demo version of the game.
Telltale, an emerging pioneer in interactive adventures and entertainment,is making this title available through its direct-to-consumer TelltaleNow™ channel, for downloading titles over the Internet. This can beaccessed at the bone.telltalegames.com URL.
The Bone adventures begin with three cousins – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone andSmiley Bone – who become separated in a vast, uncharted desert. One byone, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled withwonderful and terrifying creatures and new mysteries that await them. Hailed by reviewers and educators alike as engaging for all ages, the Bonebooks have become the anchor for a series of graphic novels fromScholastic's new Graphix imprint.
"I've worked very closely with Telltale as they've been developing thistitle and have been very impressed," says Jeff Smith, creator of Bone. "They've done an amazing job capturing the essence of my story andadapting it for a new medium – with great animation, voices, and funpuzzles and games worked into the story in a very natural way."
"We're finding that Bone plays really well as an interactive tale," saysDan Connors, CEO of Telltale. "It has terrific characters, an interestingsetting and a story that hits on many different levels. It has somethingfor everyone, with an approachable narrative for kids; fun mini-games andpuzzles; and deeper elements for fans of classic adventures and epicsagas."
Telltale has created innovative tools, designed specifically for rapiddevelopment of high quality, space-efficient titles for digitaldistribution. With this approach, Telltale has the ability to publish newBone episodes regularly, with the next one scheduled for early 2006. Those interested in Telltale's "Out from Boneville" can download a freedemo from bone.telltalegames.com and other popular download sites. Theycan un-lock the full story for $19.99 without any additional downloads.
Jeff Smith's nine-volume Bone book series has sold over 1 million copiesworldwide, with translations in 15 languages. Bone accolades and awardsinclude both the prestigious 2005 Eisner Award and 2005 Harvey Award forBest Graphic Album. Earlier this year, the world's largest children'spublisher Scholastic began issuing the Bone books in color for the veryfirst time. Scholastic has established a bi-annual release schedule forits 9 volume Bone series, with the third installment slated for a Spring2006 release.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale delivers Tales for Your Imagination – high caliber interactiveentertainment which features engaging stories, strong characters, and richenvironments. A new era of interactive entertainment is emerging, withcustomers expecting more from their investment in play time. Telltale isdeveloping and deploying cinematic quality animation and storytellingtechnologies, to create entertaining and exciting interactive adventureswhich meet these new expectations. Staffed with long time industryveterans, Telltale launched its first game, Telltale Texas Hold'em inearly 2005. Telltale is also finalizing an agreement to work on one of themost popular television franchises which it will announce shortly.Telltale offers content development and custom publishing services forlicense-holders interested in adapting their properties for interactivedelivery. Telltale titles can be downloaded from online partners such asDigital River, Direct to Drive, Trymedia Systems, Boonty, and CNET as wellas at the Telltale website. To learn more about Telltale, please visitwww.telltalegames.com.