The Expanse doesn’t get season 7, but it does get a cool game

Camina Drummer looks solemnly into the distance in The Expanse: A Telltale Series.

screenshot: Treacherous

The wide has been saved before, thanks to one of the big social media campaigns The modern era. Then the show ended on one hell of a cliffhanger, leaving fans hungry for a second case of IRL deus ex machina. It happens, but in a way most might not expect: a Telltale game.

Called formally The Expanse: A Telltale Seriesthe game is a prequel to the events of the show wrapped with the peak of its sixth season in January. The wide is a narrative adventure game – like most of Telltale’s oeuvre – and is in developmentIn collaboration with Deck Nine, the studio behind last year’s emotional drop kick, Life is Strange: True Colors. You play as Camina Drummer, a key character from both the show and the novel series it is based on, during her scavenger days.

The wide debuted at last year’s Game Awards. Telltale revealed the first look at gameplay footage during yesterday’s Gamescom marketing extravaganza. Have a look:

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As a die-hard fan of the series (all the bells and whistles, it’s the best series) I have only one thing to add: !!!!!!

After the initial announcement last year, I was skeptical, however The wide seems to fully understand his source material. The wide is set hundreds of years in the future, when humans invented interplanetary travel and colonized much of the inner solar system. Earth and Mars are superpowers locked in a cold war. People living in the asteroid belt and on the moons of Jupiter were relegated to an oppressed working class known as the Belters. It’s all hard science fiction – rooted in the physics and science of reality. In other words, you won’t find any Jedi here.

but The wide, in both the books and the shows, has always focused more on heart-pounding human drama than high-minded science stuff. Characters on the show are often faced with choices that have no easy answers – ideal starting material for venerable developers of choice-based games like Telltale and Deck Nine. There will obviously be a crucial story branch in the game where you have to decide whether to put someone in the room or not. Honestly, based on this footage, it’s likely going to happen multiple times. (If the game really does stand out from the show, here’s a right choice: Push the button! Every time!) And get this: Telltale actually got Cara Gee, who portrays Camina Drummer on the show, to do it to borrow her voice and resemblance to the game version of the character.

“It was really interesting as an actress to explore some of her more vulnerable sides,” Gee said. “Until we meet her in the [TV] series, they were cauterized.”

At the end of The wideIn season six, a guy who had maybe five minutes of screen time turns out to be the real villain of The Whole Time. Then he says what is probably the hardest sentence of the whole show: “I’ve got gods to kill.” And boom, straight into the denouement. There’s clearly more room for this world on screen. (The show only covered the first six of nine novels.) I’m glad it’s coming back, even if it’s not exactly the form of these people who started Another petition wanted.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series is scheduled for release next year, platforms, date and prices TBA. The Expanse doesn’t get season 7, but it does get a cool game

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