The Expanse: A Telltale Games Series will get a gameplay first look at Gamescom ONL

Telltale The Expanse

Just caught in the churn

Gamescom Opening Night Live is less than a week away, which means we’re steadily seeing which games are pre-announcing their show appearance. Today, showrunner Geoff Keighley and Telltale Games confirm that the latter’s The Expanse series will show off a first look at gameplay during the showcase.

The Opening Night Live stream is airing on Twitch and YouTube, on August 23 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. The show’s expected to run for two hours, with over 30 games on stage to show.

The new Telltale series is from the reformed Telltale Games, which was bought and revived after the first Telltale Games had to shut its doors. This new Telltale, under LCG Entertainment, is the one working on The Expanse: A Telltale Series alongside fellow narrative game studio Deck Nine and Alcon Interactive Group.

No risk, no reward

I am pretty curious to see what this combination has in store for The Expanse. While the new Telltale is fairly fresh, Deck Nine proved its mettle with Life is Strange: True Colors, a really phenomenal entry in the series.

The story will follow Camina Drummer, who Expanse fans will remember as the all-around-badass Belter from the series. It takes place prior to the events of the series, following Drummer’s search for a mysterious treasure on the fringes of the Belt.

While IP adaptations were Telltale’s go-to during its original run, The Expanse is a new franchise for the company. It’s also one that could, in my opinion, really benefit from a narrative-focused approach. The tensions and politics of the Solar System playing out in verbal standoffs through Telltale’s systems could be a good time, if done well. We’ll learn more at Gamescom Opening Night Live.

Telltale is also working on The Wolf Among Us 2, which we got a look at earlier this year. That’s set for sometime in 2023.

Eric Van Allen