Telltale has officially acquired Flavourworks, the UK-based mobile studio behind FMV title Erica. According to Telltale CEO Jamie Ottilie, the acquisition is part of a strategy to collaborate with studios and new technology to create cinematic experiences in video games, thanks to a story from GameSpot. “Fans today want to interact with their favorite IPs more deeply, and interactive narratives are a really immersive way to do that.” Ottilie explained in a press statement.
“At the same time, people want to access their games from wherever they are, regardless of device or platform. Flavourworks’ technology and interactive video expertise will enable us to efficiently create story-based games and reach more people through streaming and new platforms. We’re excited about what it could mean for our portfolio of games.”
“The Flavourworks’ team, technology, and creative expertise is a perfect fit for Telltale,” said Sir Ian Livingstone (CBE) of Hiro Capital, the company supporting the two studios. “Following Telltale’s successful launch of The Expanse, with its strong reviews and excellent player feedback, I look forward to seeing what gameplay innovations a collaboration with Flavourworks will bring in building best-in-class narrative games.”
Telltale Games shut down shop in 2018. In 2019, LCG Entertainment stepped in to help relaunch the brand. According to a statement at the time, Telltale “made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges.”
Flavourworks are best known for Erica, a FMV title that launched in 2019. The game is available on the PS4, PC and iOS. The studio further invented TouchVideo, a technology that enables high-quality interaction on recorded footage.