Picture the scene: you're a charming, gorgeously besuited secret agent, propping up a bar on an evil tycoon's luxury golden yacht cum Doomsday device. A robot waiter hovers at your elbow, clutching a bottle of martini.
Dialogue prompts appear. "Shaken" or "stirred"? "Stirred," you snap. Congratulations, 007 - thanks to the converging sorceries of interactivity, license milking and hypothetical scenarios, you are now a historic new breed of Bond. Don't actually drink that martini, by the way. It's laced with arsenic.
Asked which license he'd adapt next if money and politics were no object, Telltale's chief technology officer and co-founder Kevin Bruner could think of just the one. "I'm a giant James Bond fan and I'm always frustrated by games that make him a mass murderer," he told OXM in a massive studio profile you'll read in our current issue, on sale now.
"He's a super-spy, and that's a different skillset," Bruner explained. "The films make him less of a mass murderer, and there's not much killing in the books - more spying and intrigue."
If you've played any of Telltale's excellent Walking Dead titles or the more recent Fables, your brain may already be boggling. Here's something else for the pot: the developer wouldn't mind working on a new Star Wars game, either.
But wouldn't a new IP be preferable, now that Telltale has made its fortune? Possibly. "Licensing has played an important part in enabling this company to do as much as it's done without having to create a new IP wholecloth, which is a big undertaking with a lot of associated risk," CEO Dan Connors observed elsewhere in the piece. "[But] as we become bigger and can execute that, it gets more and more attractive."
"I think we're looking more at 'Can we engage some great storytelling mind to come in and work with us on something and make it not just a game franchise, but a full-on entertainment franchise with comics or a TV show and such and build it all together at once?' We really see that as the next thing that's gonna happen."
Which would you prefer, a new IP from Telltale or one of the proposed adaptations? And what do you think of The Walking Dead Season 2 so far? Telltale is currently working on a Game of Thrones title and a Borderlands spin-off, Tales from the Borderlands.