Official Press Release
SAN RAFAEL, CA - Digital entertainment pioneer Telltale Inc. and GameTap, the first-of its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), today announced a comprehensive pricing plan for Sam & Max: Season 1 that offers customers excellent value, flexibility, and choice.
Customers' payment options are:
1) Download individual Sam & Max episodes for $8.95 each from Telltale.
2) Buy the entire season for $34.95 from Telltale.
3) Subscribe to GameTap for $9.95/month to get exclusive early access to Sam & Max episodes, along with over 600 other games.
"We want customers to be able to get Sam & Max the way they want it, when they want it," says Telltale CEO Dan Connors. "One of the biggest benefits of the episodic model is the flexibility it provides. We've listened carefully to what this audience wants from an episodic game, and as a result, Sam & Max: Season 1 is the first series with episodes released so frequently and affordably."
Sam & Max aren't your average crime-fighting duo. One's a six-foot tall canine shamus with a love of justice. The other's a hyperkinetic rabbity-thing with a taste for violence. Together, Sam & Max are the Freelance Police, ridding the streets of bottom-feeding sludge one dastardly miscreant at a time. Over the last two decades, Sam & Max have appeared in a number of formats, including independent comics, a graphic adventure game, and a Saturday morning cartoon. Sam & Max: Season 1 marks the duo's triumphant return into the limelight.
Sam & Max: Season 1 is scheduled to kick off in the coming weeks and run through April. The pilot episode, Culture Shock, will debut October 17, 2006 on GameTap, and will become available worldwide on Telltale's website November 1. Episodes 2–6 will follow the same pattern, with each episode debuting on GameTap 15 days before its worldwide release. Beginning with episode 2 in December, the games will be released monthly. Stand-alone machinima "shorts" will be released weekly to bridge the gap between episodes, beginning in December.
People who purchase the whole season for $34.95 will get access to each episode as soon as it becomes available on Telltale's website. At the end of the season, these customers can choose to receive a Season 1 CD containing all six episodes for only the cost of shipping and handling. Telltale will begin taking preorders for Season 1 through the company's online store in mid-October. To receive an email alert when preorders begin, sign up for Telltale's newsletter at www.telltalegames.com.