Telltale games has been keeping fairly consistent in their release schedule of two main games per year for several years now. In 2014 we saw The Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us. In 2015 there was Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones Season 1, with a bonus of Minecraft: Story Mode. Now this year we know we’ll see their Batman adventure, as well as the highly anticipated third season of The Walking Dead.
Season 2 presented the player with several different potential endings depending on what choices your Clementine made, so the beginning of season 3 may be wildly different for many players. According to Telltale’s CEO Kevin Bruner in an interview with Mashable, “When we got to Season 2, we had a plan in the back of our minds of how we would make all these endings keep those threads going forward.” Bruner continued by saying, “The way that we’re dealing with and validating and retaining all those different playthroughs is really cool and unexpected and, I think, pretty innovative from the storytelling point of view.” As Telltale Games are well known for their storytelling abilities, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
However, not all The Walking Dead fans have played the Telltale title, and Bruner wants to welcome those fans to the game world without having to go back and learn the story from the first two seasons.
“How do we go back and make sure all Walking Dead fans can get in while still keeping all of our storylines going? I think where we’re landing with the story for Season 3 does a really good job of both of those things. It allows people who maybe haven’t people who maybe haven’t played [the first two seasons] to come in and get up to speed really quickly. But it definitely respects, honors and facilitates all of the various end points that Season 2 had.”
The first two seasons were released before Telltale had launched their cloud service to carry over your choices from one season to the next; you had to have a save file for season one on your console in order for those choices to carry over into season 2. Now that season 3 will be launching on a fresh generation of consoles, they’ve got a plan in place to help players carry over that data. “We’ve got a strategy to help Season 3 players … collect all their data from the previous games. We didn’t have the cloud services in Season 1 that we have now. So we’re going to have a solution for everybody that we’re not talking about it yet.”
Elsewhere in Telltale’s The Walking Dead universe, they recently announced that episode 2 of their Michonne mini-series will be launching March 29, with the finale slated for an April release. Check out our review of episode 1 here.