Telltale Games has released an in-engine trailer for the upcoming third season of their The Walking Dead series of games. The game will be set a few years after Season 2, and Clementine is confirmed to be returning. Players with saves for the first two seasons will find the decisions they made have an impact on the story in Season 3. Along with Clementine, players will be taking control of a new character, Javier, who is described on the Telltale blog as “a fellow survivor who has been through hell, and has managed to remain alive as long as Clem.” Little else was revealed about the game, but it is expected to be released this fall.
The Walking Dead is huge. The TV show is one of the highest rated and most watched series on television and last year’s videogame adaptation by Telltale won several game of the year awards (not the Activision published Survival Instinct that was universally panned). The comic that spawned all these new properties is still running strong ten years later. So, with the popularity of the franchise, it’s no surprise that AMC is developing a spin-off of The Walking Dead.
The show is expected to premiere in 2015 and will feature new characters and stories. Series creator Robert Kirkman will serve as the companion series’ executive producer alongside Gale Ann Hurd and David Alpert. Kirkman has expressed his excitement for being able to explore new stories in the universe in this new medium. Whatever is in store with this new series, I’m sure it will deliver.
Take a good long look… this is the first promotional piece for the next season of The Walking Dead and it might be a while before we get anything else. Enjoy it, folks, October is still a long way away.
Telltale’s special episode of The Walking Dead, meant to expand the universe and sate gamers’ appetites while we wait for the second season, will be releasing on various platforms this week. The game will follow five characters in their own stories and will be available for $5. The North American release schedule is as follows: July 2nd on PlayStation Network, July 3rd on PC and Mac, and July 5th on Xbox Live. PSN in Europe gets the episode on July 10 while iOS gamers worldwide will get it on the 11th.