After a close call in which NBC Universal put the series on hold indefinitely, Dick Wolf's latest police/courtroom procedural, "Law & Order: LA," is officially on the air as of last week. That series will never die. Especially not if it keeps popping up in other media. Like an episodic series of adventure games, which is officially happening and in the capable hands of Telltale Games, the same studio that reintroduced "Back to the Future" to a new generation of gamers.
A press release reveals that Telltale is working on the game for a planned 2011 release on PC/Mac platforms, as well as unspecified consoles, mobile devices and tablets. In short, if you can play games on it, you'll probably be able to get "Law & Order: LA." There's no release date listed beyond the 2011 timeframe, though with "Jurassic Park: The Game" coming this month and "The Walking Dead" set for the fall, "Law & Order" would certainly fit snugly into the summer between the two. Especially with the TV series season's finale set to air on June 27.
The press release doesn't reveal much of the game, stating that "Telltale will build from the experience and expertise cultivated through numerous seasons of police and crime procedural games over the years." The gameplay will be focused on "interrogation and criminal investigations, with a heavy dose of courtroom drama on each case."
"'Law & Order: LA" fits very well with the style of episodic entertainment experiences Telltale has been building since our very first days," Telltale co-founder and CEO Dan Connors said. "The talents and skills that we've been building at Telltale are ideally suited for the structure and storytelling approach of televised procedurals like 'Law & Order.'"
Sounds like a great idea to me. The team at Telltale kicks ass at... uhh... telling tales, and their work in recent years has really done much for reinvigorating the adventure game genre. Even if you're not a fan of the TV series, you can expect this to be another solid effort from a talented studio.
You can sign up for more information about the "Law & Order" game at official website.