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The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series Out Today

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The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series Out Today

A final farewell to The Walking Dead.

I joined Telltale Games way back in 2011, before The Walking Dead’s first season came out. It was my first ever “real” job in the industry, and while I was naive and terrified, the passion and kindness of the scrappy team made it a great place to learn. At the time, they were toiling away in the widely considered dead genre of “adventure games” and there was little reason to believe we’d ever be catering to more than a small but dedicated fanbase. Until, ironically, we made a game about zombies.

The Walking Dead’s first season seemed special, even during production. It was a time of experimentation and risks. A time of strong creatives fighting for a vision they believed in and telling a story that was to become one of the all time greats. It taught me lessons I still use to this day. Its success was staggering, garnering more “Game of the Year” awards than anyone knew they even gave out. It broke hearts, expanded minds, and changed how storytelling in games was viewed and crafted.

Telltale expanded in size, moved to a new bigger office on a hill, and started making way more games in the style of The Walking Dead. Telltale became widely known as a bastion of quality storytelling, and breathed life into many different worlds and characters. More Walking Dead games were created, and fans followed Clementine as she fought and struggled and learned and grew across the years.

In the darkest moment of the series’ history, Telltale shut down without warning. In addition to the human cost of this tragedy, The Final Season was only half-done, and there was a very real chance Clementine’s journey would never see a conclusion.

Luckily, the original creators of The Walking Dead comics, Skybound, stepped in and through sheer force of love brought the season back from the grave, finished by an all ex-Telltale staff with the creative vision that we had originally intended. Miracles like this are not common in the games industry. Dead games don’t come back to life, and they don’t put the original team back to work, yet here we are today.

Because of this legacy, of how much The Walking Dead meant to so many, it was an honor to help Skybound Games put together The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series. It’s a loving tribute to the series crafted by a team wholly ex-Telltale. A few of us have been here since season one! We wanted to celebrate the blood, sweat, and tears of the hundreds of developers that made these games. We were driven by not letting them down, and by giving the fans something we’re truly proud of.

Honestly, this entire thing never would have happened had the fanbase not been so passionate about the series. The outcry of sorrow and support when Telltale shut down had no small part in bringing The Final Season back to life. It did the same for The Telltale Definitive Series, a package made with the super fan in mind. We did this for you. So thank you for loving Clementine so much. Your love gave a whole team of developers jobs, let a story find its ending, and let us give you the tribute to the series it’s always deserved. As Clementine herself said… thank you, for everything.

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  • So glad that Skybound was able to make sure the series gets completed. Too bad about Wolf Among Us and others that were in the works at TellTale.

  • Volantis_2514

    Does this edition include a separate trophy list?

    • Same thing I wanna know. Easy platinums lol

    • Mercenary09

      Yes it does.

    • Tatanka2007

      Well it does have A separate trophy list. ONE platinum plus 23 other trophies seems really stingy. It’s the same on Xbox, standard 1000 achievement points. DEFINITELY not worth a replay for those measly trophies. At least not until it goes on a deep discount.

      By contrast a single title on Xbox spanning multiple games often will have separate achievements per game or else double, triple, etc. the standard 1000 points. I can’t think of a PS4 title like that off the top of my head.

  • bigscrappybrown

    The game dont even work. I spent 54 dollers and I cant even play the game!

    • Snack-E-Chan

      Mine doesn’t work either. Only installs 10 gigs even though the game is apparently 46. Go to open episode one and it’s a black screen. Try anything else and it’s an error that says “installing” even though there are no installs queued up or options to install further game data.

    • Same thing with me!

    • Same idk why

  • Maxpower1096

    Does this work with my previous save files? If that’s the case I will buy this instantly. (I recently started replaying Season 1 on PS4 and don’t want to start back at the beginning.)

    • Ralstonizer

      I really doubt it. Even the original versions wouldn’t import saves properly most of the time.

  • BlueBl1zzard

    Telltale’s The Walking Dead is absolutely one of my favorite game series. When the first season came out, I tried out the free first episode, and by the time the credits rolled, I was completely bought in. Five episodes later, I was an emotional wreck, but knew that game (Season 1) would be my game of the year that year. Since then I’ve made it a point to introduce the game to numerous people in my life, gamers and non-gamers alike, and while not everyone has finished it, every single person I’ve shown it to has been super invested in what they’ve played (or watched me play).

    I’m very sorry about what happened to Telltale, and all the developers whose livelihoods and lives were suddenly upended. But I’m also happy that Skybound was able to bring back some Telltale folks and finish the series. And judging by this definitive edition that’s coming out, I can only assume the final season was a success. I finally got around to finishing the rest of the seasons a couple months back and just wanted to say thank you for making such an incredible experience. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I can say that my experience with this game series is absolutely something I’ll remember for the rest of my days.

  • Snack-E-Chan

    My digital copy doesn’t work. Only installs 10 gigs even though the game is apparently 46. Go to open episode one and it’s a black screen. Try anything else and it’s an error that says “installing” even though there are no installs queued up or options to install further game data.

  • The digital copy of the game doesn’t work! I wasted $50 and I want a full refund!

  • Lo mejor es llamar a Sony y pedir un reembolso y decirles por qué.

  • eric6785676543

    The worst farewell ever,the game doesn’t even work!

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