The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series Announced For September

Skybound announced today The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series on Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Epic Game Store.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series is a compilation with all seasons and many upgrades. Among these are graphical improvements, and making-of like bonus features. The game is available physically for pre-order on Skybound’s official shop.

There are different collector’s packs to choose from for the physical edition:

Protector Pack ($99.99) – “School for Troubled Youth” shirt, Clementine & Lee Pins, Kenny Cap, Clementine Nesting Dolls, and a Disco Broccoli Plush.

Guardian Pack ($249.99) – Packed in a box with gold stamped signatures from the Still Not Bitten team, includes all items from Protector Edition, plus Clementine & Lee figurines, and a Clementine Art print from comic book artists Eric

Signature Pack ($349.99) – Packed in a signature stamped box, includes hand-signed art print from the Still Not Bitten team, voiceover artists and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Also includes all items from the Guardian Edition. Only 100 available!

The Signature Pack has already sold out.

Initially a comics by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead reached cult status with its TV series adaptation starting 2010. The franchise is now known worldwide, and the Telltale Series The Walking Dead games are considered by most as the perfect game adaptation the franchise could have been granted. Telltale Games, however, ended up laying off nearly all its staff and became unable to finish the series, until it got picked up by Skybound. The final episode safely released just a few weeks ago. You can check our review to learn more. 

Many fans were touched by the stories told in The Walking Dead The Telltale Series, and later on, by the situation Telltale’s laid-off staff found themselves into, so it’s no wonder to see the Definitive Edition selling so fast. It’s a great opportunity for those who have yet to try out the series as well. Some fans also celebrated the series’ completion with their own forms of tributes.

You can find the announcement trailer included below.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season: Episode 4 Review — Farewell, Clementine

The final episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, “Take Us Back,” carries with it a lot of weight, even more so than the usual season finales that we’ve come to expect from other episodic games, Telltale or otherwise. This final episode not only has to wrap up a season of narrative storytelling, but also acts as the finale to the entirety of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series as a whole, finishing up over four seasons of hard decision-making, tense moments, and a compelling story that started all the way back in 2012.

But beyond that, this finale also marks the end of an era, releasing as the last episode of one of Telltale Games’ final projects as a studio before their unfortunate end last fall (with Skybound Games having picked up development for the series’ last two episodes). Given the circumstances, it was easy to expect that we could have wound up not having a proper conclusion to this story at all (or that things could have gotten messy under the hands of a new development team), but “Take Us Back” manages to finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season with one last chapter that is equal parts emotional, haunting, and a fitting farewell to a beloved character.

Picking up right at the conclusion of episode 3’s release earlier this year, episode 4 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season finds Clementine and AJ on the wreckage of Lilly’s waterfront compound after having tried to free their captive friends. While they were partly successful in giving an opening for the rest of the Ericson kids to flee to safety, it’s left Clementine, AJ, Tenn, and Violet on the run to avoid not only the remnants of Lilly’s group on their tail, but also having to fend off unending streams of walkers and other dangers along the way.

From there, it gets a bit difficult to dive into things without revealing some pretty major plot twists and spoilers, so for the sake of letting you experience the episode on your own, I’m not going to go deep into the specifics of what happens in the remainder of the chapter. But what I will say is that, in the grand tradition of The Walking Dead, you can definitely expect plenty of heart-pounding moments (and a few tragedies) that are amplified knowing that this time around, there are no more decisions to make afterward. Everything you do and say counts, and leading up to the final moments of this episode, I felt a sense an immense tension into each of the decisions that I was making, knowing that there was finality behind it all.

That tension especially comes through in the strongest element of “Take Us Back,” which is the relationship between Clementine and AJ. Much like the relationship between Lee and Clementine that made the first season of The Walking Dead so memorable, The Final Season very much drew those same sorts of parallels as Clementine grew up to become AJ’s protector and taught him how to survive, with your actions and decisions influencing what he does and says. Having your decisions be considered by another character like that (rather than just directly influencing the outcome of the story) was a nice twist on the traditional “[Insert character] will remember that…” mechanic that The Walking Dead has relied on, and here in the last episode of The Final Season, those moments between Clementine and AJ come to a head in a striking and poignant way.

“Take Us Back” builds beautifully on these two characters not only in their relationship to each other, but also at examining their own inner struggles under such dire circumstances. In particular, AJ really shines and feels a bit more fleshed out in this final chapter as he not only tries to parse and understand what Clementine (i.e. the player) has been trying to teach him, but also can find himself doubting what she is saying and whether it truly is the right or wrong way to approach situations. As the intro segment of the episode had AJ going through different bits of advice that Clementine has taught him over the past episodes of The Final Season, it made me admire the way that the decision-making in The Walking Dead–which sometimes has felt a bit binary–had some added depth and emotion behind it in The Final Season, or at least more than just picking Option A or Option B.

In that sense, Episode 4 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season works tremendously in building up to its conclusion by focusing so intimately on Clementine and AJ as characters. While in a lot of ways their relationship is (purposefully) meant to echo Lee and Clementine’s in the first season, The Final Season doesn’t find itself beholden to what came before, and offers a lot of twists that I think players of the season (and the series as a whole) will appreciate.

While the relationship between Clementine and AJ really takes the focus of the episode as a whole, “Take Us Back” otherwise offers pretty much anything that a fan could have hoped for going into this season’s final act. In particular, the Ericson kids get a touching send-off that makes up for their otherwise brief appearances in this episode. Likewise, “Take Us Back” also doesn’t hold back on action and horror, as this episode in particular really dials things up in terms of brutality.

The only real setback I found with the last episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season is that, in hindsight, I wish the remaining episodes of the series did a little bit more with its action-heavy setpieces, and especially when it came to trying new things in terms of gameplay. As The Final Season tried to inject a little bit more interactivity and gameplay into its action scenes, such as sequences where you use a bow with Clementine, the infamous “jank” of Telltale games of the past once again reared its head again a bit here, and sometimes made me wish they were quick time events instead of gimmicky action moments.

Though The Walking Dead hasn’t exactly been known for happy endings–and without going too deep into spoilers–the conclusion of The Walking Dead: The Final Season still manages to leave things on a surprisingly optimistic note. In the unfortunate wake of Telltale Games’ closure and the various behind-the-scenes development complications that could have brought this series to an early end last year, Episode 4 manages to neatly tie up the loose ends of The Walking Dead‘s story as a whole, while providing plenty of action, heartache, and tough decisions to make. Though it is indeed the last time that we will see Clementine, AJ, and the other familiar faces of Telltale’s The Walking Dead in a state like this, Skybound Games certainly made those last moments count.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 4 Release Date Seemingly Confirmed for March

Though the unfortunate end of Telltale Games was one of the more tragic events that took place near the end of 2018, one of the silver linings that came from the studio’s end was that The Walking Dead: The Final Season would be picked up and continued by Skybound Games for the series’ remaining two episodes. With development on the series having resumed, we now when we can expect to see the conclusion of the series, and the final chapter isn’t that far off.

With the release of the third episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, titled “Broken Toys,” the in-game episode menu has confirmed that the fourth and final chapter of the series will officially be debuting on March 26, 2019.

While the announcement has yet to come from Skybound Games officially, the in-game menu at least confirms that we won’t have to wait too much longer until we get to see not only the final chapter of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, but get to experience the end of Clementine’s story and the now swan song for developer Telltale Games.

The Walking Dead‘s anticipated final season first debuted in August 2018 and promised to deliver a return to the roots and themes of the series’ acclaimed first season, and based on the first two episodes of the season, it certainly has. However, last fall also saw the unexpected and swift closure of Telltale Games due to substantial financial burdens, which led to the studio laying off all of its employees outside of a skeletal staff.

In light of the closure of Telltale Games, Skybound Games revealed that it would be stepping in to take over development of The Walking Dead: The Final Season and to finish the series’ remaining two episodes. Led by a team called “StillNotBitten,” which included several former members of Telltale Games, the release of Episode 3 was confirmed last month at the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, with the fourth and final episode (thankfully) not far behind it.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with the final episode of the series to debut on March 26, 2019.

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Lee Returns in The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3’s Trailer

In the brand new trailer for the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, you can catch a glimpse at the dark side of Clementine as well as get a tease of Lee’s return to the series.

The game has had some development issues – if that’s one way to put it. Back in September 2018, Telltale Games laid off 250 staff members with no prior warning or severance. It released the second episode of its largest game’s final season with the little staff it had left, and closed its doors in November 2018.

The company’s executives were met with outrage and criticism for the way they handled the studio’s closure and subsequent termination of its employees. Since then, staff have either moved to other studios with open arms, are still looking for jobs, or have joined a small team at Skybound Games to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

The team, named “Still Not Bitten”, have been working hard to complete the remainder of the game – announcing the release date of Episode 3 during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase. Since then, fans have held their breath in anticipation.

Now, the game’s third episode – rebranded without Telltale’s name in the title – is on track to launch January 15, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via the Epic Games Store. You can view the trailer below – it’s quite chilling.

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Skybound Games’ CEO Provides New Info on The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Says There is Hope to Release Episode 3 Before End of 2018

Skybound Games announced just a few days ago that they would be holding a Reddit AMA to answer more fan questions about The Walking Dead: The Final Season and that event took place tonight.

Skybound Games’ CEO Ian Howe was in the AMA thread responding to as many different questions as possible and as you might expect, the number one question dealt with that of Episode 3’s release date. Howe said that as of now, things are a bit tied up as far as legal matters go which means that production on Episode 3 is at a halt. That said, Howe said he is confident that they will be able to work through these hurdles quickly and can get to work on the third episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season sooner rather than later.

Even though there is still no official release date for this episode, Howe said that it was mostly finished before Telltale Games laid off its staff, which means there is not a ton left to be done. He also went as far to say that he has hope for it to release before the end of the year.

“OK, given that you guys have been so supportive and patient, I’m going out on a limb and will say yes, I fully expect Episode 3 to be this year and I’ll be very disappointed if we can’t make that happen.”

As for the rest of the work left to be done on The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Howe said that Episode 4 had only ever entered pre-production and as such, there hasn’t been much work done on what is planned to be the final installment in this series. Once development begins again, work on Episode 4 will likely be what is required more than anything to finish The Walking Dead.

In regards to getting some of the former staff members at Telltale to return to work on this project, Howe said he has also been in contact with many of them–over 40 within the past week–and they seem excited to get back to work on the game. Once legal matters are wrapped up, Howe said that these discussions with the ex-Telltale employees can progress further. Howe seems to be aware that finishing this series alone isn’t enough if it isn’t finished by the staff that was originally working on it. Despite this, he also acknowledged that some former Telltale employees might already have new job offers, which is completely understandable.

As for other cursory details given in the AMA, Howe says he hopes the series will return to digital storefronts by the end of October. Additionally, Howe said that many of the former Telltale employees are located out of the Bay Area in San Francisco while Skybound is in Los Angeles. Because of this, Howe said they’ll likely find a space for the dev team to work out of that is convenient for them.

Even though this situation has been an incredibly tough one to watch over the past month, it seems like Skybound Games is trying to make the absolute best out of a bad series of events. Hopefully, the things that Howe said in this AMA can come to fruition in a way that both does right by the former Telltale employees and also gives The Walking Dead: The Final Season the ending it deserves.

If you want to check out the full Reddit thread for yourself, you can find it here.

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Telltale’s The Walking Dead Will Be Completed with the Help of Skybound Games

Today Skybound Games announced at New York Comic Con that Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be completed.

The publisher founded by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman echoed the announcement on Twitter.

An article on Variety also mentions that the company will work with members of the original team to finish the story and complete the fourth season of the popular game series. Kirkman himself said at New York Comic Con that  “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”

While details of the deal have not been finalized or announced, so we don’t know what will happen to those who will continue working on the game series after it’s completed, at the very least this is a spot of good news in a rather sad situation.

Things started going downhill last month with most of the Telltale team facing layoffs without warning, following by the official announcement of the closure of the company. Everything culminated a few days ago when the remaining skeleton crew was also fired.

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Telltale Games Has Temporarily Suspended Sales of The Walking Dead: The Final Season on Digital Platforms

Last week brought the unfortunate news that Telltale Games, the developer behind acclaimed episodic titles such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, would begin a majority studio closure that resulted in the layoffs of the majority of its staff. In the wake of the news, the fate of the studio’s current project, The Walking Dead: The Final Season, was left hanging in the balance, and now for the time being, the game is being removed from sale on digital platforms.

As seen on the store pages of several platforms, The Walking Dead: The Final Season is appearing to be removed from sale through digital retailers. As of this writing, the game’s removal from sale appears to have taken effect on the PlayStation Store (other than a demo page for the first episode), the Xbox Games Store, Steam, and GOG. In a note specifically on the GOG page for the game, the company stated that “Telltale has requested a temporary pause of sales of The Walking Dead – Final Season,” which likely explains the removal from other digital platforms.

The only major digital platform that still has the game’s season pass available for purchase (as of this writing) is the Nintendo Switch eShop. However, given the proximity to its removal on the previously-mentioned platforms, it would be expected that the game may be removed from that platform as well in the near future.

This comes in light of the fact that it’s unknown just yet whether Telltale Games will be able to deliver the two remaining episodes of the planned four-episode season, as the development team working on the title were reported to have been among the staff laid off from the studio.

Given the developing nature of the circumstances surrounding Telltale Games, its remaining projects, and growing legal and financial complications from among its former employees, the removal of the game from sale (for now) until a more certain outcome can be determined for its last two episodes is surely a wise business move, until the picture of the studio’s future becomes a bit clearer.

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Telltale’s Complete The Walking Dead Game Will Be on Nintendo Switch

The complete series of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is slowly, but surely coming to Nintendo Switch. Shortly after releasing the first episode of the narrative game’s final season, Skybound announced that the critically acclaimed adventure games will come to Nintendo’s hybrid console for the first time, starting with the first season.

All five episodes of The Complete First Season, plus the 400 Days expansion episode, will be available on August 28 for $24.99. Season Two and A New Frontier will come sometime later this year, with specific dates to be announced later.

The Complete First Season and 400 Days were both previously rereleased for current platforms as part of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection, with additional visual and performance enhancements—the Switch version will come with those enhancements.

The first episode of The Final Season is currently available on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC—check out our review of the episode here. According to a recently released schedule, the second of four episodes will release on September 25.

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