Warning: If you have not yet played Tell Tale Games’ episodic computer game, The Walking Dead…what are you doing here reading this article? Go out and play it, no…seriously, go to Steam, or your other preferred platform, buy the complete edition (or the game of the year edition, which will include the 400 days additional content,) sit your ass down, and play it. Then come back, so this warning about a potential spoiler doesn’t mean anything.
With the success of Tell Tale Games, The Walking Dead’s first series, which sold over 21 million copies worldwide, it is practically a no-brainer that the developer studio is producing a second season of this franchise. Since they also are producing a second potential franchise, The Wolf Among us, this is potentially an ambitious expansion of the studio’s workload. Regardless, if their continued popularity and creativity is any indication it looks like we are in for a hell of a ride with the second season of The Walking Dead.
The big change in the second season? (Here’s the spoiler, in case you haven’t played the game.) Is this time you play Clementine, alone, after the loss of her protector during the first season. According to press releases from Tell Tale Games, this second season takes place many months, perhaps as much as two years after the original season. During this time, Clementine has grown and learned how to live in a zombie infested world, where no one potentially can be trusted.
Robert Kirkman’s world tends to place an emphasis on the character interactions, and how societal rules break down once everything goes to hell, so it’s no surprise that the emphasis in the second season likely is who Clementine can trust among the various people she meets. Dan Conners said the following about the continuing series,
“The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman’s world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series,”
Tell Tale Games set a new high bar for modern adventure games. They’ve developed an excellent balance between point-and-click stories of previous generations, and modern game play into a mix that is an amazing vehicle for storytelling. To paraphrase Mike and Jerry from Penny-Arcade, Tell Tale Games finally got episodic games right with the first season of The Walking Dead, and with The Wolf Among us and the new season for The Walking Dead it looks like they plan on continuing this success. If you can’t wait for the first episode, you won’t have to wait too long, since Tell Tale Games plans on a November release for the first episode.
The release date is December 31, 2013 but you can see all the details or pre-order for a discount HERE