Telltale Delays Jurassic Park, No New Release Date Yet

Telltale Games CEO Dan O’Connor sent around an email to people who had preordered the company’s upcoming episodic licensed game Jurassic Park, telling them the game has been delayed and offering a full refund and a free game for the inconvenience.

The first episode of the game, which was set to drop in five monthly installments, was supposed to come out in April, but with the last Thursday of the month coming this week (and Telltale dropping games on Thursdays), Telltale has run out of time. O’Connor’s letter doesn’t include a replacement release date for Jurassic Park, but the fact that Telltale is issuing a refund to everyone who already paid for the game suggests it could be a while before it finally comes out.

Sounds like refunds will start hitting credit cards in the next few days, and Telltale is dishing out codes for a free game for all preorder customers by email soon after. The codes are good for any game in the company’s catalog, including Back to the Future, which is currently in its third episode.

Read O’Connor’s full email below.

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Telltale Games and in particular for pre-ordering Jurassic Park: The Game for the PC. We expect 2011 to be big year for us with lots of exciting changes ahead and we couldn’t be doing it without the support of great customers like you. With Jurassic Park: The Game, in particular, we are moving in new directions, expanding our game mechanics and pushing our storytelling beyond anything you’ve seen from us before.

Our goal was to release the first episode of Jurassic Park: The Game this month, and currently we are very excited about how the game’s creation is progressing. The game’s mechanics and storytelling have come together in such a way that we see great potential, so much so that we feel we can push these elements to the next level if we spend some extra time working on them. It is because of this that we are delaying Jurassic Park: The Game on PC to ensure PC players get the best possible gaming experience.

We’ll be investing the extra time into making the game great and it will be released simultaneously on every platform this fall. We regret any disappointment on the part of our fans but we are confident you’ll be pleased with our decision when the game comes out.

This has been a hard choice for us, but it is the right decision. To thank you for your continued support of Telltale and for your pre-order for Jurassic Park: The Game we are going to issue you a 100% refund. In addition to your refund, we are also giving you your choice of any Telltale game free of charge because you are important to us. We will begin issuing the refunds over the next couple of days and will reach out to you with information via email on how to get your free game.

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