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First Episode of Back to the Future Could Appear in Our Timeline by November

Posted by Trevor Chan

Bob Gale lays down some heavy hints

When all that was known about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was the notorious single piece of artwork, that didn't stop gamers lapping it up. They knew that a much-loved franchise in the hands of a developer with an impressive catalogue of releases can't go wrong. And it's that same kind of expectation which the recent debut art from Telltale Games's Back to the Future episodic adventure which makes it so exciting.

Bob Gale, who co-wrote the screenplay for the original film and wrote that of the other two parts of the sci-fi trilogy, has been involved in story meetings with the developers that brought us the acclaimed Tales of Monkey Island saga, and is making sure that what gets made feels like Back to the Future. What Gale is looking for is a level of consistency that past adaptations didn't have, specifically picking out an NES release that he describes as "dreadful" and "one of the worst games ever made". Ouch.

Speaking to Digital Spy about the release schedule of each episode, he says:

My understanding is that the first instalment – this is a computer game, not a console game – they'll be coming out in instalments with the levels released apart, I don't know what the exact schedule is... I think they're looking towards the end of October, beginning of November to release the first level.

It's still early days, so we don't expect any concrete details yet, but Gale does offer a hint that may excite some fans of the films:

...the Back To The Future series has postulated how you could have almost infinite timelines. Who's to say that the timelines we create in the game couldn't be alternate timelines?

[via digitalspy.co.uk]

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User Comments (15)

y2josh

#1

y2josh said:

BAAAAAA BA DA BA BA BA BAAAAA (music from back to the future plays)

ArmoredGoomba

#2

ArmoredGoomba said:

" NES release that he describes as "dreadful" and "one of the worst games ever made". Ouch."

He's right. And I'm very interested in this.

the_shpydar

#5

the_shpydar said:

Well, November 5 is the day Doc Brown fell off his toilet while hanging a clock and invented the Flux Capacitor... =D

TKOWL

#8

TKOWL said:

If you can ride a Mattel-branded Hoverboard, I'll be sold on this game.

Aviator

#10

Aviator said:

Good to hear both Matthew Fox and Christopher Lloyd are coming to voice the characters.

Chris720

#11

Chris720 said:

This is looking good. I may just watch the 3 movies in anticipation. :P

But the thing that's annoying me is this: is that guy in the picture The Doc.? :O

Because if you add The Docs. white hair etc. it looks like him. o_o

CaptainCheeseMonkey

#12

CaptainCheeseMonkey said:

Haha! Matthew Fox!!

Previously on Lost:
"Jack, that nuke isn't good enough. There's not enough power to send us back to 1985! They changed the script, we now need 1.21 Jigowatts! We need a bolt of lightning!!"
Dun dun!

jp-30

#14

jp-30 said:

Aviator, Michael J Fox is not confirmed as a voice actor yet.

Also, it's slated for release on Wii, but not necessarily Wiiware. I think it would be better a s a disk based game anyway, compiled after the season wraps on PC etc (like Telltale have done with Sam & Max).

BulbasaurusRex

#15

BulbasaurusRex said:

According to IGN, this game isn't based on the movie trilogy but the further (not necessarily future) adventures of Doc Brown and Marty McFly, and they're being careful not to mess with movie trilogy canon.

Does this mean Doc has the time-traveling train along with Clara and his sons, Jules and Verne? If that's true, I hope Mary Steenburgen can reprise her role as Clara.

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