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The Walking Dead Game Series Lurches to PSN Tuesday with Pre-Purchase

Jake Rodkin's Avatar + Posted by Jake Rodkin on Apr 23, 2012 // Writer and Designer at Telltale Games

The Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN) by Telltale Games

I’m Jake from Telltale Games and I’m clawing my way onto PlayStation.Blog to bring you up to speed with our latest game series. While some of our previous games like Back to the Future: The Game have been pretty light-hearted, we couldn’t have gone darker than our next project, a five part episodic series based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead.

First, the good news: The first episode of The Walking Dead, ‘A New Day,’ will arrive on PSN this Tuesday, April 24th. Each episode will cost $4.99 on the PlayStation Store, and you’ll be able to pre-purchase the entire five-episode season for $19.99 to save $4.99 off of the total season price and nab an exclusive PS3 premium theme (head to the bottom of the post for more details).

Not only is The Walking Dead game darker and more violent than anything the studio has done before, but it also provides a very different gameplay experience compared to our previous games. One major way that the game differs from previous Telltale offerings is that your decisions, through action and dialog that you choose, will have huge repercussions on how you experience the story of the game, but more on that later.

Chances are that you’ve either read the original The Walking Dead comic books (if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!) or you’ve seen the TV show. One thing you should know from the start is that our game series is based strictly on the world seen in the comics; in fact, the story seen in our game is officially canon to the comic books. That means you’ll find out more about characters and locations seen in the comic book and have a better understanding of their lives at the outset of the zombie apocalypse. Fans of Glenn (seen in the picture above) will get to know his backstory before he heads to Atlanta. And, for a certain character in particular (one who goes on to have a huge impact on Rick Grimes’ life) you’ll get an understanding of what drove them to become the person you’ll see in the comics.

The Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN) by Telltale Games

The Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN) by Telltale GamesThe Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN) by Telltale Games

However, rather than retelling the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, the game tells the story of a new character – Lee Everett – who exists in the same world and roughly the same geographical location as Rick. In terms of comic book timeline, our story begins when Rick is still in a coma. The decision to tell a new story was made by Telltale and Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead. We felt that re-telling Rick’s story didn’t make much sense because most people will know what would come next. Beyond that, it wouldn’t make sense to create a new story for Rick because we’d be off into new territory, making stuff up that really has nothing to do with The Walking Dead. A new story, with a new lead character, means that we’re free to create new and exciting scenarios and that we can add to the backstory of characters and locations seen in the comics.

You’ll play as Lee Everett (holding the axe in the image above), who has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who was “romantically” involved with his wife. Whether Lee killed in cold blood or perhaps in self-defense is something we’ll let you decide.

If you’ve never played a game from Telltale before, you should know that we don’t make open-world shooters; that’s not our thing. While we love and admire games like that, we come from an adventure game background where storytelling and sympathetic characters are the most important thing. It’s for these reasons that Robert Kirkman chose us to make a game based on The Walking Dead. Robert (and Telltale) wanted to use the videogame medium to focus on the characters and the emotions of The Walking Dead universe, allowing players to experience the horror and tension of the walker-infested world. It’s a much more personal experience than many other zombie-based games have offered. Taking down a gigantic zombie horde with ridiculous firepower is not what The Walking Dead is about. In fact, we want you to be repulsed by the true horror of killing a walker. The zombies in our game are not just fleshy targets for your high-powered weapon, and you might be forced to finish someone who was a friend or a relative before they turned. On top of that, resources in our world are limited and noise attracts the wrong kind of attention, so you’ll have to get up close and use hand tools and weapons. We want people who think they’re desensitized to zombie violence to find that, in truth, they’re not.

The Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN) by Telltale GamesThe Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN) by Telltale Games

Unlike any other previous Telltale game, The Walking Dead tailors the story based on the decisions that you make. Your decisions or actions might have an effect in the episode you’re playing or might affect the entire season. You could answer a question in a certain way and have a character become suspicious of your motives, or you could be forced to choose who to save when two people are in mortal peril but only one can be yanked back from the zombie horde. Your decisions will stay with you throughout the series, and their repercussions could mean that you and a friend have a very different game experience. Writing for a game with content that “branches” in this way certainly has its challenges. Instead of a normal linear script, we have to take into account each possible branch and how it affects the game you’ll play. It’ll be fun to backtrack when playing to see what would happen if you’d made a different decision and our save system supports that with our rewind feature.

Beyond the huge impact of choice and the tailored experience, we’re giving players full control of Lee to explore the environment and think their way through both action sequences and survival-oriented puzzle arcs that are signature to a Telltale gaming experience. Unlike Monkey Island style games, we won’t be ‘using the pie on the gerbil to open the trapdoor’ or anything remotely comedic or illogical; instead, we’ve implemented much more serious concepts that are both logical and completely in-keeping with figuring out how to survive in a zombie apocalypse.

Given that this game is episodic, players can expect a summer-long continuing story of adventure horror that will begin with our first episode ‘A New Day’, followed by four additional episodes, each landing about each month after the previous one. Each episode will cost $4.99 on the PlayStation Store – but fans can also pre-purchase the entire five episode season for $19.99 to save $4.99 off of the total season price and nab an exclusive PlayStation 3 premium theme (images below).

The Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN): PS3 Dynamic Theme

The Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN): PS3 Dynamic ThemeThe Walking Dead for PS3 (PSN): PS3 Dynamic Theme

There’s much more to talk about, and aside from more frequent posts here on the PlayStation Blog, fans can also stay tuned to our site or our Facebook page for episodes of ‘Playing Dead,’ a web series dedicated to covering the production of The Walking Dead, with special guests including Robert Kirkman and the writer of episode four, Gary Whitta (whom you might recognize as the screenwriter of post-apocalyptic story The Book of Eli).

Working with Robert, Gary and everyone involved has been awesome, and as a fan, it’s completely unreal to work on hugely collaborative projects like this.

We can’t wait for you to play the game and we aim to bring you news and updates all summer long. Look for me here again, or with any luck… maybe on an upcoming Official PlayStation Blogcast! If you have any questions or comments – feel free to fire away in the section below.

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+ D-Squad3 on April 23rd, 2012 at 3:01 pm said:

THANK YOU!!! I’ve been waiting forever to play this game, finally it comes out tomorrow! Definitely getting the Pre-Pruchase for $19.99!!! THANKS AGAIN


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+ CodeSe7en on April 23rd, 2012 at 3:08 pm said:

Will this game come to Vita, as well?
Thanks.


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+ RawTraxx on April 23rd, 2012 at 3:22 pm said:

When HE”double hockey sticks” is full, the dead will walk the earth. This is way cool. I will pre-order.


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+ Juststeveplease on April 23rd, 2012 at 3:47 pm said:

I SEE DEAD PEOPLE WITH RAGE RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Firepowerr on April 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm said:

Ahh! Too bad I already pre-purchased this on PC.

Looks like my PS3 will have a small break. :)


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+ Firepowerr on April 23rd, 2012 at 4:07 pm said:

@CodeSe7en

I can almost guarantee this is not coming to PS Vita.


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+ RidleysBox on April 23rd, 2012 at 4:38 pm said:

I liked Back to the Future, but my biggest complaint about it was the unconsolidated trophy list. 5 episodes, 5 separate trophy slots, and no platinum. Yet, the Disc release has a platinum. That’s just wrong. Any luck with this title have a consolidated trophy list with a Platinum available?


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+ luvtoseek on April 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 pm said:

IGN review is up! Look great!


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+ dmbandnick on April 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 pm said:

Hey Jake. Any chance this will be available at midnight??? I’m dying to get home tonight and play the 1st chapter. I’ve been reading about this game for a while now and just can’t wait to get the story started.


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+ RedVapor13 on April 24th, 2012 at 5:32 am said:

I CAN’T find the game on the Playstation Network!!!


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+ Dwain77 on April 24th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

I looked this morning and I couldn’t find it in the store either. Anyone seeing it yet?


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+ JackMcKak on April 24th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

It’s after 12pm here on the east coast. No sign of it. Anyone know what time new games are available on release day?


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+ drumrobc on April 24th, 2012 at 10:31 am said:

Still not not PSN, I’m getting impatient!!!


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+ yodaddy416 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:40 am said:

Ugh! When is gonna up on the PSN??


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+ P01NT_MAN on April 24th, 2012 at 1:06 pm said:

Ok so why cant i buy the walking dead tpday ?


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+ dmbandnick on April 24th, 2012 at 3:57 pm said:

Just a heads up, the game is NOW available. Started the download during my lunch break about 2 hours ago. Can’t wait to get off work so I can’t go home and cut off some heads.


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+ tapworm on April 24th, 2012 at 4:05 pm said:

I downloaded the game and stuff and I can’t even find where to play it at… I am highly disapointed.


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+ JayBizzle311 on April 25th, 2012 at 12:08 am said:

Downloaded the demo and played it… I went ahead and bought the Season Pass… saves a little money.. if you buy all Episodes individually it’s $24.95, so the $19.99 is great…

I knew it would be good.. I download The Back To The Future game a few months ago when it was available for PS+…. I 100% all those episodes and I enjoyed the game.. Just, found out they came out with a disc version that has a platinum included… I’m gonna have to buy that..

And yeah for The Walking Dead… The Trophy List = Easiest Platinum Ever… haha

every trophy from the first bronze to the platinum is for completing a chapter of an episode and the episode itself.


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+ JackMcKak on April 26th, 2012 at 9:28 pm said:

Love the game, but I hate waiting, even after buying the season pass. A week is bad enough, but having to wait a month for the next chapter is going to be horrid. I can say this though; I’m hooked.


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+ therenat on April 29th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

Tried the demo today and this game seems awesome!

Too bad I can’t buy it though (cause PSN has not enabled accounts in Estonia) :(

Perhaps TTG can suggest the PSN team to end the country restrictions and switch to a general EU region because as I saw in the previous posts this title might not even end up on a disc…

Please don’t leave me hangin and let me get my season pass http://www.soshichan.org/wae/src/133159862915.jpg


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+ DojoDog74 on April 30th, 2012 at 2:16 pm said:

I hope we don’t have to wait every month for an episode.


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+ killyscg on May 7th, 2012 at 10:24 pm said:

awesome game alot better than jurrassic park interactive movie sorry i mean game ..though i did enjoy JP..maybe make an updated version of jurassic park to have the same game play as the walking dead?? can’t wait for episode two to come out


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