The zombie apocalypse is on its way and soon, players can experience the adrenaline rush of Image Comics' "The Walking Dead" in a point-and-click horror adventure from Telltale Games. Today, the developer premiered its "The Walking Dead" website with new screenshots of the episodic game and its protagonist, Lee Everett. These are the first new screenshots Telltale has released since Comic-Con International at San Diego in 2011. In addition to the new screenshots and updated website, Telltale has launched "Playing Dead," a behind-the-scenes online talk show including guests like "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman and story consultant and "The Book of Eli" writer Gary Whitta.
"Telltale has always believed in sharing and interacting with our fans as much as possible as we head towards the launch of a game and Playing Dead is an exciting evolution of that process,” said Telltale co-founder and CEO Dan Connors via press release. "I don’t think any other developer or publisher has created anything quite like this before and we really hope that people will enjoy it."
The screenshots themselves highlight protagonist Lee Everett, a shambling zombie horde and a character in a suspiciously familiar baseball cap.
While not much is known about the game, Telltale has revealed players will take control of Lee Everett -- an original character created specifically for the video game -- in parallel story to "The Walking Dead" comics. During the first episode, Lee finds himself in the back of a squad car crashed on the side of the road. In typical Telltale fashion, Lee has to solve a number of real-world puzzles -- such as unlocking a car -- in order to escape the zombie invasion. He is later joined by a young girl named Clementine, who is found cowering in a treehouse. As with most point-and-click adventure games, "The Walking Dead" will focus on problem-solving rather than combat -- although, the pressure is sure to be on with the approaching zombie horde. Although, judging from the screenshots based on the art of "The Walking Dead" artist Charlie Adlard, at least getting devoured will never look better. Much like its recent "Back to the Future" game, Telltale will release "The Walking Dead" in an five episodes to tell a full story beginning in spring of 2012 available on all major gaming platforms.
The developer is currently hard at work on "The Walking Dead," but it isn't the only comic-book-based game the developer has planned for the future. In early 2011, Telltale nabbed rights for both "The Walking Dead" and Bill Willingham's "Fables." The company has also released "Puzzle Agent" and "Puzzle Agent 2," based on the Graham Annable's "Grickle" and a point-and-click adventure based on Jeff Smith's "Bone."
Check out the press release below and stay tuned to CBR for more on Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead."
Official Press Release
Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator/writer of The Walking Dead, announced that the first episode of Playing Dead, a new online talk show discussing their upcoming game, The Walking Dead, is now live and available to view on the games’ official website, which also debuted today.
Based on Robert Kirkman’s groundbreaking comic book series, The Walking Dead is an episodic Adventure Horror game series set during the same apocalyptic period witnessed by Sheriff Rick Grimes. Telling the story of a new group of survivors as they struggle to flee the horror of Atlanta and the surrounding communities consumed by the undead, The Walking Dead offers players the chance to experience the very first days of the apocalypse, meeting people and participating in events that intersect with the story seen in the comic books.
Playing Dead is an online talk show that takes fans behind the scenes to reveal what has gone into making the game. Hosted by AJ LoCascio (the voice of Marty McFly in Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game series), the nine-part show will feature guests including The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman and Gary Whitta, screenwriter for The Book of Eli and story consultant for the game.
After a 24-hour period of exclusivity on the official website, Playing Dead will also be available to watch on YouTube, iTunes and soon after, other online outlets including Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Network.
"Telltale has always believed in sharing and interacting with our fans as much as possible as we head towards the launch of a game and Playing Dead is an exciting evolution of that process," said Dan Connors, Telltale co-founder and CEO. "I don’t think any other developer or publisher has created anything quite like this before and we really hope that people will enjoy it."
"Collaborating with Telltale on The Walking Dead continues to be a fantastic process. They understand the world and the characters that I created and what it takes to make a game out of them. What’s really exciting is that they’re telling a new story with new characters, so you’ll get to see the same world Rick Grimes did, but now from a different point of view," added Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead. "Playing Dead is going to be an awesome way for fans to learn about the game and how it was made. It makes sense that Telltale are talking to people in this unique way because The Walking Dead is going to be a unique zombie game."
Telltale also released 3 new screenshots from the game, highlighting the game’s distinctive visuals, inspired by the work of The Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard.
The Walking Dead is a five part episodic Adventure Horror game that will be available for digital download beginning in spring of 2012 for all major gaming platforms.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago. He's the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, kid-friendly Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolfman, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011, taking four of the top spots. He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading independent developer and publisher of games for every major gaming platform and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By developing games as series and successfully releasing on a schedule, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale has sold more than 5 million episodes since 2005. Telltale’s reputation for quality has been established across more than 25 published releases, winning numerous awards including, "Adventure Game of the Year" accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers. Telltale has also been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times and Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on Xbox 360®, Apple® iOS devices, PlayStation®3, PC, Mac, and Wii™. www.telltalegames.com