After the immense success of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead adventure games, Telltale has decided to release the first five episodes which make up the first season of The Walking Dead in North American retail outlets once the final episode has been launched digitally. Telltale also confirmed that the five-episode series would not be the only games from Telltale in The Walking Dead universe, but it is unclear whether this means a season 2 is on the way or if something completely different is in store.
Steve Allison, senior vice president of marketing said in a statement to Polygon:
“We believe there is no better company than Telltale to bring complex narrative IP to interactive entertainment. Our first episodic game series based on The Walking Dead has sold nearly 1.7 million episodes to consumers in just our first 8 weeks with no signs of slowing down. We have three more episodes to go with Episode 3 targeted for August as we confirmed yesterday.
“Following the digital release of our fifth episode we will also be coming to North American retail shortly thereafter and this will not be the last The Walking Dead game series that we do.”
Elsewhere, Activision has also revealed a first-person shooter based heavily on the TV series developed by Terminal Reality, the creator of the BloodRayne series. The game will revolve around the characters Daryl and his brother Merle, created exclusively for the television show, set just before the events of AMC’s program. Due for release in 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, it is said that players will have a choice whether to attack head on or use stealth to sneak by the zombies whilst also rationing food, supplies, and coming into contact with other survivors.
On the topic of the Activision-published first-person shooter, Allison commented:
“Regarding today’s announcement of a project based [on] the AMC TV series coming in 2013, as huge fans of the franchise and the show, we’re looking forward to seeing Terminal Reality’s game when it comes out.”
Analysis: I’m all for a second season in what has turned out to be one of my favourite all-time adventure game series from Telltale, although I hope that this doesn’t lead to a cliffhanger ending in episode five of this season. I was sceptical at first whether Telltale could provide a fitting experience that is easily identifiable as The Walking Dead, but as my reviews of the first two episodes indicate, they’ve managed to pull it off.
As always, Activision is set to milk the cow on whatever is the current popular thing among the people, and the jury is still out in my mind for their first-person shooter. I believe that the game will be good, but that it will turn out to be more like the action-packed Left 4 Dead series rather than the slower, emotional Walking Dead series is what has me concerned. Nevertheless, I’m interested to get my first look at the title soon and what they will be able to do to further develop the brothers of the television show.