New footage of The Expanse Telltale video game reveals stunning zero-g exploration


While Amazon’s television series may be at an end, the universe of The Expanse is expanding. Last week we reported that The Expanse: Dragon Tooth sequel comic had crushed its Kickstarter pre-order goal. That limited comic run will explore what happened to the Rocinante crew after the events of season 6, during the 30-year time jump between Babylon’s Ashes and Persepolis Rising, the sixth and seventh novels of the book series by James S.A. Corey.

Now, we’re getting another look at The Expanse: A Telltale Series, a new video game coming out this summer which will explore the early adventures of Camina Drummer, the belter captain who was played by Cara Gee in the TV show. Gee returns to voice Drummer in the game, which is being produced by Telltale Games and Deck Nine Games.

This latest glimpse comes in the form of a new video where Telltale V.P. of Story Development Zak Garriss and Deck Nine Game Director Stephan Frost show off gameplay footage. It highlight some pretty cool zero-g exploration in space, as well as the tough decisions which are a trademark of Telltale titles:

The Expanse: A Telltale Series will force Drummer to make tough choices

Telltale is best known around these parts for a string of Game of Thrones video games. It’s fitting that they would branch out into The Expanse as well, which gained a reputation as “Game of Thrones in space.” As Frost notes, The Expanse is similarly “all about gray” decisions.

The video shows first-look footage of Drummer exploring a derelict UNN ship which has been scuttled by pirates. Visually, it’s a step up from some of Telltale’s previous titles: the outer space sequences in particular are breathtaking. As Drummer, you’ll have to explore in zero-g, floating amid various pieces of debris as you make your way from one section of the ship to another.

But since it’s The Expanse, you know something’s going to go wrong. Beyond the many dead bodies that Drummer uncovers in the video, we also saw in action one of Telltale’s signature split-second decisions. In this case, one of Drummer’s crewmates gets their leg caught under a supply crate. You have the option to either jettison the supplies to save him or cut off his leg so that your crew can keep the booty.

“This [decision] will carry through the entirety of the game,” said Frost. “This will affect the ending. So these choices are very important. And they not only affect this character, but it affects the plot, the story going forward.”

Frost notes how different members of your crew will feel differently if she chooses the jettison the supplies; some will resent Drummer for it, while others will remember that she made a tough call to save one of her crew members. “The Expanse is all about gray. And, you know, a situation like this, there’s an upside and there’s a downside to both decisions,” Frost explained.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series does not currently have a release date, but is expected to release sometime later this year.

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