Telltale Games Reveals Downton Abbey

By Jonathan Barnes, 2 years ago
Not content with only having The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales from the Borderlands in its stable of projects, Telltale has announced another addition to their interactive story lineup, Downton Abbey, based on the popular television program highlighting the upstairs versus downstairs cultures of the historic estate, its staff, and the family who lives in it.

Telltale Games President and Co-Founder, Kevin Bruner is excited about the potential of bringing the high-stakes inaction of the series to gamers:

The first time I saw Downton Abbey I was completely blown away by its high-minded dialogue, slow pacing, and quick wits. I felt that its deliberate story about the lives of aristocrats and servants of post-Edwardian era England would make for an amazing experience of this generation of gamers.
Series creator Julian Fellowes is equally excited about the prospect of bringing his series to a new medium saying:

I have no idea what a video game is, but this will give me the chance to really dig into the years and months of time that pass in between episodes when even LESS happens than in the show!
While neither party is willing to delve into story specifics, they hinted that the game will take place somewhere between the end of World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic, a time period known for its lack of anything interesting happening. Telltale is also gunning for an "M" rating by making the cutting remarks of the Dowager Countess extra sharp and allowing the dresses to show off a bit more ankle than the show is accustomed. Telltale has promised to honor the spirit of the show by not being too stimulating and keeping the inaction focused around tea time, dinner attire, wine selection, the status ladder of servants, and arranged marriages. They have, however, promised a not-too-thrilling minigame about sharecropping and managing the tenant farmers.

Downton Abbey is set for a release on both the Xbox One and on the Xbox LIVE Arcade one year from today on April 1st, 2015.
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.