Back in 2010 through 2011, Telltale Games released a five part episodic adventure title based on the Back to the Future franchise creatively titled Back to the Future: The Game on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and iOS devices. That title is now coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (with an additional rerelease for Xbox 360) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film’s release back in 1985.
Releasing on the 13th of October, 2015 in North America and the 16th of October, 2015 in Europe, the rerelease (which is subtitled 30th Anniversary Edition) will include enhanced visuals and it will be available both digitally on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store and at retail in a disc release. Also included is a behind the scenes video about the making of the game featuring interviews with Tom Wilson (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, the actor who portrayed Biff Tannen in the movies and recorded voice work for this rerelease to replace the work done by soundalike Andrew Chaikin (The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2) in the original version, co-writer of the films Bob Gale (1941, I Wanna Hold Your Hand) and A.J. Locascio (The Pirate Fairy, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast) who provides the voice of Marty McFly in the game with an uncanny Michael J. Fox impression.
Back to the Future: The Game received considerable praise upon it’s initial release and it is notable for being the last traditional adventure game Telltale Games made before switching to the more conversation and choice heavy style they’ve taken with their episodic releases of The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and Tales From the Borderlands. If you’re expecting that kind of a game then you should definitely look a little closer at Back to the Future because it’s moment to moment gameplay is pretty puzzle heavy, a stark difference from Telltale Game’s more recent titles.
The game acts as a sequel to the third Back to the Future film and features the voice work of Christopher Lloyd (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Addams Family) reprising his role as Doc Brown, and while Michael J. Fox (Spin City, The Michael J. Fox Show) did not record dialogue as Marty he did do a brief cameo in the game’s fifth episode.
This marks another instalment in the media blitz surrounding the franchise’s birthday. Back to the Future is featured prominently in LEGO Dimensions, the newly released video game for the PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U which also features the voice work of Christopher Lloyd, and is also the subject of the new documentary Back in Time which is set to release on October 21, 2015, the day Marty McFly arrived in the future in Back to the Future II.