E3 2011: The Walking Dead: “Kirkman is canon,” says Telltale

Telltale Games may not have had any gameplay to show for its upcoming adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel The Walking Dead, but the studio had a lot to say about what fans can expect from Telltale’s adventure set in a zombie apocalypse. When asked whether the game’s direction would look towards AMC’s television adaptation of the chilling series for inspiration, Telltale’s Richard Iggo was unequivocal in his answer. “We see Kirkman’s work as canon,” said Iggo.

But that’s not to say that Telltale’s take on Kirkman’s work will be a frame-by-frame reconstruction of Kirkman's graphic novel. Although the game will feature all the characters and iconic settings first introduced in the comic, like the farm and the prison, Iggo also introduced new character Lee Everett, a prisoner who manages to escape during the chaos that followed the early stages of the undead outbreak. According to Iggo, most of the game will be spent playing from Everett’s point of view – though not necessarily exclusively. Also introduced, was a young girl named Clementine (pictured with Everett below).

Above: Early concept art for Telltale’s The Walking Dead game shows Everett Lee and Clementine

Above: A tribute to one of the most memorable scenes from the beginning of The Walking Dead series reached out to us at Telltale Games’ E3 booth

When the game begins, Rick Grimes, main character and leader of a band of survivors in the zombie apocalypse, is still in a coma. Iggo hints that The Walking Dead game will reveal what happened during the early stages of the apocalypse and that fans can also expect to see what Glenn was up to before his first encounter with Rick in the comic and TV adaptation. According to Iggo, Telltale is in close communication with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman as the studio works on these new storylines and characters for the game adaptation.

In terms of what the game will actually look and how it will play, Iggo pointed to what Telltale Games had on show for its upcoming episodic adventure for Jurassic Park, suggesting that The Walking Dead adaptation will use a similar story telling style with lots of QTE action sequences and interactive camera use to give the game a more cinematic feel. So if you want to know more about how The Walking Dead will play right now, your best bet is to check out our most recent hands-on preview for Telltale’s Jurassic Park: The Game.

Jun 13, 2011


  • ChickenFillet5140 - June 13, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    That's some real purdy artwork. Looking forward to this, absolutely in love with the tv series.
  • Tricky69 - June 13, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Being a big fan of the comic series I'm glad that Kirkman is in some way involved with this game. Should be interesting to see what Telltale can do with The Walking Dead universe.
  • slimjim441 - June 13, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    I LOVE the comic series. I wait anxiously for book 14. If they approach it like they did with Jurassic Park, this game could be really damn awesome. I'd definitely like to see how the new characters play in. Does anyone know how much Kirkman is involved with this?
  • jackthemenace - June 13, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    I absolutely adore the TV series, but this strikes me as just another film-game, almost. I don't really think re-telling the story the show and the comic have already told, and then turning it into a game, is a good idea at all...
  • HitmanSB07 - June 13, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    So they had that prop up at E3 but they're basing it on the graphic novels? Why? I much prefer it that way anyway.
  • slimjim441 - June 13, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    @jackthemenace Honestly, the more I read the comics, the more I became disinterested with the series. Plus, the series added so much and altered some major... things... involving Shane (I don't know whose actually read the comic). If the show continues as is (or at all), I think all the extra stuff/shit will take away the feel that the comic had and become something different. As for Telltale, they said some while back something like, 'If you don't feel completely in the Walking Dead universe, we failed.' Which brings up Everett Lee. Will they add too much with character that he really seems like an add-on, or will they manage to nicely fit him in with the rest of the cast? It depends on how much Kirkman is involved.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 13, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    The TV show was sooooo god awful. The book is good, but not great either.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 13, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Oh, and if you've only seen the TV show, Shane was supposed to get fucking blown away by Rick waaay early on. And it had a lot of smaller characters, but none as retarded as the ones in the TV show. That walking black stereotype in the show really grinds my gears. When did Romero get involved? Sheesh.
  • bakakaba - June 14, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    @MySistersMesnstruationTastesFunny... First off, in the comics Shane is killed by Carl not Rick, , thus proving all your opinions as WRONG! Plus Kirkman has said in interviews he wants the show to stray from the comics from time to time so as to keep it fresh for fans of the comics. As a big fan of the comics I'm a little skeptical as to how telltale will do the series justice, but I reserve judgment until it actually comes out.
  • Yeager1122 - June 14, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    Love the tv series so i hope the game would be godd and really want to start reading the comics.

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