‘Wallace & Gromit’ game coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade

Gaming, Xbox 360

Telltale Press, makers of episodic games like Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Sam & Max and the forthcoming Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, has announced it is expanding its offerings to the Xbox LIVE Arcade platform. The Wallace & Gromit game, based on the claymation characters of the shorts from Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep) and previously announced for the PC, will be the developer’s first game available on the service.

Alternating between the roles of quirky inventor Wallace and his faithful canine companion Gromit, players embark on their own style of entrepreneurial business ventures, tinker with creative contraptions, and interact with an ever-expanding cast of fun and endearing characters in each episode.

“Our episodic series focus on story, character, humor, and cinematic presentation — very much like a television or film production. This all makes for a great living room experience through the gaming console,” says Telltale CEO Dan Connors in a press release. “We’re looking forward to expanding our catalog onto Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

The series’ launch follows the record-setting Christmas Day premiere of Aardman’s new Wallace & Gromit short film, A Matter of Loaf and Death, the most watched TV program in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day with 14.3 million viewers. The film also recently won an Annie Award for Best Animated Short and secured a BAFTA Award nomination in the same category.

Fans looking for news should keep an eye on Telltale’s blog and sign up for the company’s monthly newsletter. When you sign up, you’ll get a free Strong Bad or Sam & Max episode to play while waiting for Wallace & Gromit to come out. New subscribers can get the free game now through Feb. 28 by signing up at www.telltalegames.com/mytelltale/subscriptions

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