Telltale is finally developing for the PlayStation 3, bringing Sam & Max to the console this April with the episodic The Devil’s Playhouse.
This latest series will be coming to the PC and Mac, and though the series has seen a number of appearances on the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s console is not mentioned in this series’ release. The game’s press release reads:
“This series will be Telltale’s first for the PlayStation Network, exclusively for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. The games will also release on PC and Macintosh.”
The Devil’s Playhouse is said to comprise of five episodes, with the first being titled The Penal Zone – it’ll be released next month, according to Eurogamer.
Released over the PlayStation Network, pre-orders will be taken from the 18th of March, with the total package costing only $29.99 (the individual total price costs $34.99). Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations at SCEA comments:
“With Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, we’re bringing PlayStation fans five months of exciting episodic content and continuing our commitment to deliver exclusive, innovative gaming experiences to the PlayStation Network. The unhinged humor, unforgettable cast and irreverent undertone of this enduring franchise are aspects we expect will resonate with our audience, and both Telltale and SCEA can’t wait to deliver.”
Telltale calls The Devil’s Playhouse its “biggest, strangest and most epic” Sam & Max series to date, with Max taking part in teleporting and shape shifting during the episodes. The plot will begin as follows:
“As Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse opens, Max has been bestowed with a set of powerful psychic abilities from an unusual ancient source that he’ll wield against the strongest and strangest foes the Freelance Police have ever faced. Join gaming’s greatest dog and rabbit sleuths as they investigate the source of these powers, with manic Max exercising new and amazing abilities with each episode. Max’s shape shifting, teleportation, mind reading and future sight powers prove particularly useful as intergalactic simians, eldritch gods, under-dwellers and an arcane scholar ruthlessly hunt down these powers for their own evil ends.”
The PC has been Telltale Games traditional platform, but both the Wii and Xbox 360 has seen a significant output from the episodic developer. The Devil’s Playhouse will be the developer’s first output for Sony’s console. We personally believe that this is a timed console exclusivity period with the series meeting the Xbox 360 and possibly the Nintendo Wii at a later date.
[UPDATE] - We’ve embedded the first trailer for The Devil’s Playhouse below: