Newly appointed Telltale Games CEO Kevin Bruner has revealed that the company is working on an original IP alongside its licensed properties.
Telltale had made games utilising classic gaming IPs such as Sam & Max and Monkey Island, as well as film IP such as Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, before finally finding mainstream success in 2012 with The Walking Dead. That success has spawned follow-ups based on TV series Game of Thrones, video game shooter Borderlands, and comic book Fables.
In an interview with Gamasutra, Bruner said that the company was putting "a lot of energy" into a new IP, which would be the company's first original narrative-driven license.
Technically, Telltale Texas Hold'Em counts as an IP given it stars characters created by the studio, but it was a standard Poker game rather than anything narrative-driven.
The studio's success and reputation has been built on licensed properties that have granted them a certain amount of support when it comes to getting their game recognised. The success of their game mechanics and strength of their writing however has made them a leading force in the industry when it comes to video game narrative.
A new IP would test how far they have come, but it will be some way off. The 240-strong team is currently working on their first Game of Thrones and Tales From The Borderlands seasons. They also recently announced a game based on Minecraft and are likely to have third and second seasons of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us in the pipeline too.