Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures - Telltale's episodic take on Aardman Studios' popular property about a plucky pup and his human pal - has been removed from all digital distribution channels following the expiration of a distribution agreement between Telltale and Aardman.
Telltale has announced that Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures will be available on Xbox Live Arcade from Wednesday 4th November.
Microsoft has said to expect three new games on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, including the first of the Wallace & Gromit episodes from Telltale Games.
Telltale Inc. plans to unveil a new adventure series at E3, following the million-episode-selling success of Sam & Max, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People and Wallace and Gromit.
While Telltale has undoubtedly overcome the complex development hurdles involved in bringing episodic point-and-click adventures to life, the results often live and die on the strength of the script. In both Sam & Max and Strong Bad's case, the games divided fans and critics alike, but the response was more positive than negative. In Wallace & Gromit's case, it's easier to imagine widespread apathy.
The formula remains much the same. The first instalment in what will become a four-episode series features just over a handful of locations, each stocked with usable contraptions and objects to add to your inventory, and by moving around with WASD and pointing and clicking, you can examine, combine and experiment to solve minor puzzles that contribute to a greater quest: to create 50 gallons of honey by sunset, so that the greengrocer's crumpet festival, and Wallace's new honey-making business, will be successful.
Like Strong Bad, Telltale divides the route to the main goal across a few sub-objectives - in this case, gathering a few specific substances - so the episode, even though it can be finished in a few hours, isn't just a linear procession through each location rubbing everything against everything. There's a troublesome squirrel, a curmudgeonly copper who won't release Wallace's robot rodent from custody, a crazy old war veteran and a flower-obsessed neighbour, all of whom present overlapping obstacles. And although you control Wallace for the most part, before all that there's master's breakfast to worry about from Gromit's perspective.
Telltale Games has released a demo version of Wallace & Gromit: Fright of the Bumblebees, the first instalment in its four-episode series, which launches on 24th March for PC.
Telltale has announced that Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures will launch this spring on both PC and Xbox Live Arcade.
Telltale's episodic adventure in pictures.
If you're not doing anything on 25th December (although it does ring a bell), you could do worse than spend an afternoon on the sofa with Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, if not half an hour in the evening watching the incurable tinkerer and his mouthless hound in the UK premiere of A Matter of Loaf and Death. "Hugely funny, fantastically inventive, warm, witty and just wonderful", according to the Radio Times, it's the fourth W&G TV short, and if the other ones are anything to go by, it'll be rich with jokes for old and young, packed full of silly references and baffling contraptions, and another reason to be thankful for Nick "Academy Award" Park in a world of Pop Factors and Strictly Come premium-rate phone numbers.
Telltale Games, famed for the Sam & Max adventure series, will be shaping Wallace & Gromit into a batch of episodic games.