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

Telltale Games reveals new protagonist and timeline for upcoming adaptation

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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