The dissolution of Telltale Games in 2018, followed by its partial revival last year, did not provide answers for the fate of every franchise the prolific studio touched. Some series, like The Wolf Among Us, exist under the new Telltale while others are seemingly no more. As revealed today, though, Telltale's take on the Sam & Max games will live to see another day.
Telltale's Sam & Max Save the World is being remastered for a new release on PC and Nintendo Switch come Dec. 2. Developed by Skunkape Games, a team made up of members of the original Save the World team at Telltale, the remaster will feature revamped models, animations, lighting, user interface, music, and other tweaks as approved by Sam & Max comic creator Steve Purcell.
In conversation with Vice, Telltale founder Dan Connors (who left in 2015) and designer Jake Rodkin (now at Valve after its acquisition of Campo Santo) go in-depth on how Skunkape ended up with the Sam & Max license and the work going into the remaster. After buying the rights, what remained of Telltale handed over the source code and all other assets it had on hand to Skunkape. Connors, Rodkin, and the others at Skunkape have since moved Sam & Max Save the World from the 2006 version of the notoriously unwieldy Telltale Tool engine to a much-improved modern build.
The Save the World remaster will include all six episodes from the original release. Skunkape has not announced plans to remaster Telltale's later Sam & Max series ("Beyond Time and Space" and "The Devil's Playhouse").
For folks who already bought the first episodic take on Sam & Max way back when, the remaster can be had for a bit cheaper than normal. On Steam, it's available for pre-purchase at $19.99, but owners of Sam & Max: Season One get 50% off.
On top of seeing its post-LucasArts adventure game history saved by Skunkape, Sam & Max also has something new in store for the future. Earlier this year, developers HappyGiant announced Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual, a VR title slated for release next year.
Last year at The Game Awards, the new Telltale announced that it will release a sequel to The Wolf Among Us. Rather than picking up development of The Wolf Among Us 2 where it was left when Telltale closed, the new incarnation of the sequel is starting from scratch. A rerelease of the Telltale Batman series was also stewarded by Telltale's new owners last year.