This is a quick post to clarify things regarding Telltale Explorer and my other Telltale-related tools. A few people have asked me when new versions of my programs will be released, supporting Sam and Max and the new directors cut versions of the Bone games.
The short answer is probably never, or at least not for the foreseeable future. Here’s why: All the newer Telltale games have encrypted datafiles, both the main .ttarch archive and the files within it are encrypted. The older Telltale games used this encryption only on lua scripts and images – which is why images in Out From Boneville appeared corrupted.
Recently John_Doe managed to figure out this encryption. This was a pretty amazing feat; the encryption was very complicated, especially in the newer games. Thanks to John_Doe I was able to update Telltale Explorer to add support for all Telltale Games and to fix many existing problems such as the image corruption in Out From Boneville.
However Telltale have requested that I don’t release the new version. This is a perfectly legitimate request, they were very nice about it and I will respect their wishes. Having a program floating around that decrypts all Telltale datafiles could cause them problems and I have no wish to encumber Telltale. The point I want to stress here is that Telltale didn’t do a Lucasarts on me. I wasn’t put under any pressure and I wasn’t sent a cease and desist notice; they made a request and I was happy to agree to it.
To clarify then: its highly unlikely that Telltale Explorer, Telltale Ttarch Creator and Telltale LangDB Editor will be updated. I probably will update the Telltale Music Extractor though.