Telltale Games made the announcement at Comic-Con this weekend, delighting fans of the series, which has sold more than 28 million ‘episodes’ to date. Word of the renewal comes while the second season of the game is still ongoing. (Because of its episodic format, each story is referred to a season, rather than chapter or some other term.)
Female characters have had a rather dubious run in the video game world. When they aren’t damsels in distress, they’re oversexualized stereotypes meant to titillate rather than foster a sense of empowerment in players.
There have been exceptions, of course — Half-Life 2’s Alyx or Samus from Metroid — but progress has been slow. In the past year, though, the exceptions are starting to become … well, if not the rule, less of the exception.
Thatgamecompany’s “Journey” was the big winner at the 16th annual D.I.C.E. Awards, capturing eight awards, including Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction. “The Walking Dead,” an episodic downloadable game based on the Robert Kirkman comic, captured four awards, including Adventure Game of the Year and Downloadable Game of the Year for Telltale Games.
The final years of a console generation typically bring some of the best titles, since videogame developers have gotten to know the ins and outs of the systems. Unfortunately, it often brings a flood of sequels, since publishers are less willing to take risks at this stage. That makes it all the more surprising, then, that amidst the sequel sprawl of 2012, there are so many outstanding original games. Even better, some of the sequels that did show up were surprisingly innovative.
The zombie renaissance is in full swing — and if you’re looking to crown the current king of undead entertainment, it’s pretty hard not to pick The Walking Dead. The hit drama based on the equally awesome comic book franchise boasts legions of fans and some of the highest-rated episodes on AMC.
But the best Walking Dead experience currently out there isn’t found in a book or on a DVR. It’s happening in a spot all too familiar with zombie epidemics: your video game console.
Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris talks to Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors about the addition of the Law & Order series to the company’s game catalog, and how licensed content is helping Telltale grow rapidly.
While other video game CEOs are running away from licensed content these days, Dan Connors is rushing towards it.
Instead of pursuing original content to grow Telltale Games, the company is relying on the universes created by some of Hollywood’s biggest companies. But instead of eking by with a portfolio of shovelware, Telltale is growing – and gaining critical praise.
Telltale Games, best known for its light-hearted adventure fare such as Sam and Max and Tales of Monkey Island, is taking a turn for the serious with plans to make episodic games out of the successfull comic/AMC series as well as big-screen juggernaut “Jurassic Park.”