Following mass layoffs at Telltale Games last week, ex-staff have been sharing some of their favourite memories working at the studio during development on the likes of The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales from the Borderlands.
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The first two seasons of Telltale's The Walking Dead series, along with its spin-off The Walking Dead Michonne, have been added to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility library.
The latest Humble Bundle is Telltale Games themed with almost every title the studio has developed available for a mere $15 (about £11.50). That's a $275 value! Plus the proceeds go to charity.
Telltale's take on The Walking Dead was always good in spite of its zombies, not because of them. Early in its first season we're given a none-too-subtle parable about how man is the real monster, a shrug-worthy observation that gets repeated umpteen times throughout the ongoing franchise. The titular walkers stopped being interesting ages ago: their purpose laid bare as a malleable plot device that could force our would be heroes into various uncompromising situations. With the gears of such a lazy, clichéd threat so readily transparent, it's a testament to Telltale that the developer manages to keep its human drama captivating among its resilient, war-torn leads.
The latest Humble Bundle is Telltale themed and it's a good one, offering 12 games for only $12 (about £8.40).
Telltale will debut its third season of The Walking Dead later this year.
What a week for Telltale Games. In practically the same breath as announcing a "significant" investment from film and television studio Lionsgate, the developer also announced that its next game, a brand new IP, would take the form of a TV-game hybrid, made up of one part interactive gameplay and one part scripted drama.
The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us have been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One releases later this year, Telltale has announced.
This will include both seasons of The Walking Dead and these will be available as retail releases, as previously rumoured.
Additionally, retail versions of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead Season Two will be coming to retail on PS3 and Xbox 360, just as the first season of The Walking Dead did last year.
The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us developer Telltale is bringing its episodic series' to Amazon's recently announced Android-based set top box Fire TV.
The first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, All That Remains, has received its debut more-than-a-teaser trailer.
This time around players will assume the role of Clementine, the orphaned little girl we were tasked with protecting in Season One. Several months have passed since we last saw Clementine, and while her outward appearance hasn't changed a whole lot, she's had to grow up fast in this crazy, zombie-infested world.
Most of the cast of Season Two appears to be fresh faces, but returning characters Christa and Omid can be seen briefly in the new trailer.
Telltale Games has finally spilled the beans on its highly anticipated second season of its rendition of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series.
Due to premiere later this year, this latest season will put players in the role of Clementine, the precocious nine year old girl we struggled so hard to take care of in Season One. Based on the screenshots and teaser trailer below, it doesn't look like much time has passed since we saw her last.
The Walking Dead: Season Two will be coming to PC, Mac, "home consoles," iOS, and "additional platforms to be announced." So pretty much everything then. In fact, the PC and Mac versions are already available for pre-order on Steam and Telltale's online store where a Season Pass is 10 per cent off at $22.49 rather than the full-priced $24.99.
Telltale Games absolutely brilliant and emotionally grueling zombie adventure The Walking Dead is currently free on Xbox Live Arcade, or at least the first chapter is.
Telltale's excellent adaptation of Robert Kirkman's zombie-apocalypse survival drama The Walking Dead has been ported to almost everything, but that's not going to stop it from spreading to the youngest of current platforms, the android-based console Ouya.
Sony has announced a number of tempting discounts on PS3 games as part of its PlayStation Memories sale.
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The annual Steam Summer Sale continues to spread joy, mirth, and guilt about not possibly having time to play all the stuff you're buying.
The two leading voice artists behind Telltale's brilliant The Walking Dead series will broadcast a live playthrough of its first season finale tonight on Twitch.tv.
Telltale Games has revealed a first look at The Walking Dead's 400 Days DLC, due this summer. It's a final piece of storytelling to bookend its excellent first season of episodic content.
400 Days includes five chapters, each of which follows a new character throughout the first year-and-a-bit of the series' global apocalypse.
Each new face (some of whom have been teased already) will at some point encounter an old Georgia truck stop, where story threads will overlap. Each chapter can be played in any order, however.
A new episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead series entitled 400 Days is coming to Vita this August.
A new DLC for Telltale's The Walking Dead series called 400 Days has been spotted lurking on the Steam database.
UPDATE #2: A third character from the upcoming Walking Dead season 2 has been teased. This time it's a man named Russell, who, by the looks of it, seems to be a recent grad. Let's hope he studied medicine, engineering, or botany, because I don't know how much that comparative literature degree will help in the zombie apocalypse.
The latest pay-what-you-want Humble Weekly Sale is Telltale-themed, featuring most of the beloved developer's greatest hits from the last few years.
Mouldy-looking Dead Island: Riptide has perched itself atop the UK all-formats chart for a third week running.
Telltale writers Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman revealed at a Game Developers Conference panel attended by Eurogamer that Clementine was nearly cut from The Walking Dead a week before voice-recording took place.
Nearly a year after it debuted on other platforms, Telltale's infectious The Walking Dead saga is now headed to PlayStation Vita.
Update: It's better than we thought! It turns out that Telltale is aiming to release Season Two of The Walking Dead this autumn not next.
UPDATE: The 2013 BAFTA winners are in and they're a doozy. Dishonored took top honours, winning best game overall, which is odd as it didn't win in any other awards. Conversely, Journey received a whopping five awards in various other categories.
The second season of The Walking Dead is still a long way off, but Telltale has teased "a little something extra" to tide you over until then.
The nominees for the British Academy Games Awards 2013 (BAFTA) have been revealed.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were more popular on Xbox Live in 2012 than Halo 4.
SPOILER WARNING: Be warned - this week's soapbox contains spoilers for the ending of Walking Dead, so please don't read on unless you've played through Telltale's game in its entirety, or unless you really, really want the whole thing RUINED for yourself.
The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games will offer download codes for the game's entire first season to those affected by performance issues on 4GB-sized Xbox 360s.
The Walking Dead episodes have done the business for Telltale, totalling more than 8.5 million sales.
There being five episodes inflates the number of actual people playing somewhat, and there being varying platforms and prices means calculating a sum of money earned is hard.
On Steam the entire season costs £21, although it's half-price at £10.49 today - quick!
Every year or so a game comes along that makes me recalibrate my notion of how the medium can tell stories. Uncharted 2 proved to me that the traditional model of cut-scene-gameplay-cut-scene actually can work if both parts are expertly crafted and don't outstay their welcome; Demon's and Dark Souls proved to me that a cohesive, yet mystifying world can work as well as any conventional plot' and The Walking Dead proves to me that the choose-your-own-adventure-movie format can actually work for a full-length game.
It's time to stock up on Microsoft Points. A huge Countdown to 2013 sale is approaching.
There's a deliberate and sad irony to the title of The Walking Dead. On the surface, it refers to the shambling undead that have overrun the American South (and for all we know, the rest of the world besides); the survivors call them "walkers". But in the unflinching vision of a zombie apocalypse outlined by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard in their comic-book series - now adapted for TV as well as into this episodic adventure game by Telltale Games - it also applies to the survivors themselves.
They're alive but not living, ghosts haunting an empty purgatory, delaying the inevitable. They're doomed more by their mistrust of each other than by the zombie threat. Only the very faintest glimmer of hope illuminates this bleak world - a trait it shares with the best post-apocalyptic fiction, from Cormac McCarthy's The Road back to John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids. This also sets it apart from the thematic tidal wave of zombies which has overwhelmed pop culture in the past decade or so, most of it not much more than a grisly backdrop for standard action and adventure.
Perhaps the best thing you can say about Telltale's The Walking Dead - which spins its own yarn, rather than following the comic as the TV show does - is that it never loses sight of this. Sure, you'll click on zombies' heads to stove them in and hammer buttons in desperate quick-time events. But these sequences are about as relevant as the cut-scenes are to most action games. This is never a game about battling zombies. It's about negotiating human relationships when they're strained to breaking point - and making the impossible, horrifying decisions that a survivor has to.
Steam has just begun its annual Autumn sale, granting new deals every day between now and Monday, 26th November.
The first season of Telltale's gut-wrenching adaptation of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic series is coming to a close next week on XBLA, PSN, PC, Mac, and iOS.
Telltale Games announced a GameStop exclusive Collector's Edition of its The Walking Dead retail bundle set for PS3 and Xbox 360 on 4th December in North America.
Available for pre-order only, the Collector's Edition retails at $69.99 and contains a Compendium consisting of the first 48 issues of The Walking Dead comic series as well as unique box art by series' artist Charlie Adlard.
The Compendium in and of itself retails for $59.99, though it can be purchased for much less. Sill, it's not a bad value for people who don't already own the game or the comics and like having physical copies of their media.
Do you have multiple PlayStation Network IDs so you can access the PlayStation Store in different countries?
This week's EU PlayStation Store update includes The Walking Dead: Episode Four (£3.99) and Doom 3 BFG Edition (£29.99).
Telltale Games' gripping episodic zombie series The Walking Dead is going to be collected in one complete retail package coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 in North America on 4th December.
The first episode in Telltale's The Walking Dead series A New Day is coming to iOS devices as a universal app this Thursday for $4.99.
Walking Dead Episode 3 launches in the middle of August, Telltale has announced.
UPDATE: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has added Walking Dead Episode 2 to the EU PlayStation Store.
Telltale has said it is working with Sony to bring The Walking Dead Episode 2 to the European PlayStation Store "ASAP" amid angry complaints on social networks.
The first episode of Telltale's TV/comic tie-in The Walking Dead has become the studio's fastest selling game ever, hitting the one million mark just three weeks after launch.
That figure includes sales on Mac, PC, PSN and XBLA sales, but not iOS - the portable version is due out later this Summer.
There are four more episodes still to come, with the next, titled Starved for Help, due out some time in June.
The first episode of Telltale's recent TV/comic tie-in The Walking Dead has held on to the Xbox Live Arcade chart top spot in its second week on sale, Microsoft has announced.
Judged strictly as an adventure game - which is, after all, what you may have been expecting, given developer Telltale's lineage - the first episode of The Walking Dead seems to be pretty disappointing stuff. The environments are only sparsely interactive, while the hot-spot interface is constrictive and sluggish to navigate with a mouse-and-keyboard set-up. (Click on the control menu and you get a picture of an Xbox pad, incidentally, which probably explains it.) More importantly, there are only a few genuine puzzles in the entire game, most of which aren't particularly well crafted. It's nowhere near as dismal as Telltale's recent Jurassic Park offering, perhaps, but it falls a long way short of the company's better work.
The thing is, though, I'm not really sure that the weird kind of fanfic brand extension that Telltale's engaged in these days even counts as adventure games anymore. If you take The Walking Dead as (sorry about this) a piece of interactive storytelling, it's actually a lot more successful.
The writing team is pretty good at mimicking the simmering human psychodrama and shocking flare-ups of hyper-violence that characterise both The Walking Dead comic and its TV spin-off. Meanwhile, the Borderlands-influenced biro-and-watercolour art means that Telltale's lumbering tech can just about deliver the stylised expressiveness needed to keep endless scenes of talking heads visually interesting. It's a buggy journey, filled with random freezes and poor audio quality, but it's not boring like Jurassic Park was, and the thrill-free quick time events have been kept to a minimum.
The first episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead video game tie-in arrives on Xbox Live Arcade on 27th April, the developer has announced.
It will set you back a mere 400 Points.
The game launched on PC, Mac and PlayStation 3 earlier today - look out for a review soon.
The first episode of Telltale's five part episodic series based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead launches on the EU PlayStation Store this Wednesday, 25th April.
Each episode costs €4.99 / £3.99. You can pre-purchase the entire season for €19.99 / £15.99. Do so and you'll get an exclusive PS3 premium theme.
The first episode is called A New Day, and will be followed by more episodes roughly a month after the prevous one.
The first installment in Telltale's five-part The Walking Dead video game tie-in arrives on iOS, Mac, PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in early April.
Episodic tie-in to shuffle in later this year.
Telltale's episodic adventure horror out this spring.
As rumoured last month, Telltale Games has confirmed it's working on a series of games based on The Walking Dead comic and TV series.
All Things Digital reported that the studio has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement to develop and publish a series of videogames based on the hit zombie TV show.
For those unfamiliar with the franchise, it started life as a series of comic books following a rag-tag group of survivors trying to stay alive in a zombie apocalypse. The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont recently turned it into a hit TV series, shown on AMC in the US and FX in the UK.