The Walking Dead has been thrilling comic fans and TV zombie buffs for almost nine years, but video game enthusiasts will soon have two new games to sink their teeth into, both taking different approaches to the monster franchise.
TellTale Games has been very successful in creating their episodic Walking Dead comic book side story, simply known as The Walking Dead, for the PC, Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade digital download service. After receiving critical acclaim for the first two episodes, TellTale has announced that Episode three, titled “Long Road Ahead”, will be available for an August release.
TellTale has had some trouble with the development cycle for their Walking Dead, the second episode was delayed a number of weeks and now episode three has only a loose release window of “August 2012”. Hopefully TellTale can get on top of the release scheduling and players can expect more regular releases in the coming months.
But while TellTale is hard at work on the spin-off series for the comics, Activision announced last week that it will be publishing a first person action game to act as the prequel to the Walking Dead television series. Information is scarce on the project, but it is being developed by Terminal Reality, the studio behind Ghost Busters the Video Game and Star Wars Kinect.
The publisher promises to allow players to choose how they engage the shamblers, with the choice to fight, flee or hide in hopes of the monsters moving on without noticing them. Apparently supplies will also be scarce so players will be made to make some tough choices in how to proceed in some tense situations. The Walking Dead Video Game will be available on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2013.