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After playing the five episodes in Back to the Future: The Game, I was wondering if these are considered to be canon.

They appear to be set after the events of the movie trilogy (as Marty knows about the DeLorean), but the DeLorean is intact and Doc Brown isn't married.

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    Actually, the Doc is married to Clara in the Game, he mentions here at some point, if memory serves me right. – Lars Ebert Mar 12 '14 at 15:47
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    And also the game contains an explanation for the DeLorean existing, if you speak to Doc a bit more when you meet him in the prison. – George T Oct 26 '15 at 15:09
  • @LarsEbert He also wears a wedding ring throughout the series. – Rogue Jedi Mar 16 '16 at 16:42
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The 'Word of God' answer is no, they aren't.

Bob Gale, co-writer of all three 'Back to the Future' films stated in an interview that the various spinoff properties (including the BTTF games, comics, books and ride, etc) are not considered canon.

Voodoo Lordasks: Among the products that the trilogy spawned (animated series, novels, ride, etc.), what are those you consider canon?

Bob Gale: Only the movies are canon. Everything else fits into the ‘what-if?’ category, or might be canon in some alternate universe.

That being said, Gale is pretty scornful of the idea of canon in general, as this interview makes clear...

"...the people at IDW said, "Can we say that these are canon," which is always something that makes me crazy. It's fiction. How can it be canon? I said, "Look (and we actually have a text piece in the first issue talking about this) when you have a time machine and infinite time lines everything is canon, so, yes, it's all canon and none of it's canon."

  • @n.soong - Possibly, but his intent is completely clear and the terms are interchangeable when describing a multiverse. – Valorum Mar 11 '14 at 7:09
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    On the other hand, in this interview he sort of dismisses the meaningfulness of questions about canon in relation to the new comics: 'Again, the people at IDW said, "Can we say that these are canon," which is always something that makes me crazy. It's fiction. How can it be canon? I said, "Look (and we actually have a text piece in the first issue talking about this) when you have a time machine and infinite time lines everything is canon, so, yes, it's all canon and none of it's canon."' – Hypnosifl Oct 27 '15 at 17:48
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    @Hypnosifl - Good quote. Cheers – Valorum Oct 27 '15 at 18:21

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