Robert Kirkman's comic The Walking Dead commands a huge cult audience, but it was AMC's TV adaptation that really put the property on the map. Perhaps that's why Telltale Games' recently announced The Walking Dead videogame looks to be taking cues from both the show and the original comic. With Kirkman serving as a producer on the TV series, fans of either undead incarnation ought to be interested in the upcoming game translation. And that's not the only new comics-related game Telltale has announced.
Above: Expect Telltale’s The Walking Dead series to hit all the usual platforms with releases planned for PC, Mac, consoles, and handhelds
The show went through a controversial writers'-room shake-up in the transition between seasons, but with Telltale retaining their own writing staff, the games ought to stay clear of such strife. The developer’s previous TV adaptations were Ubisoft's CSI games: expect The Walking Dead's corpses to present less opportunity for quip-laden inspection, but a far larger window for fleeing, screaming and brain-repurposing.
Kirkman himself seems optimistic about the upcoming game based on his creation. "The folks at Telltale Games are a great choice for bringing The Walking Dead to life as interactive entertainment,” said Kirkman. “They care as much as I do about the story and characters while seamlessly weaving that into the games they build. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am ecstatic to work with the same people putting out the coolest Jurassic Park game ever."
Above: Also announced was a partnership between Telltale Games and DC Entertainment to create games based on Bill Willingham’s series, Fables
Telltale fans will also remember the adaptation of Jeff Smith's beloved Bone comic in 2005. That experience ought to feed not just into The Walking Dead, but also a direct adaptation of Bill Willingham's Fables – a Gaiman-esque series that recasts the Big Bad Wolf as a reluctant do-gooder PI in a world populated by fairy-tale characters. Between these, an upcoming Jurassic Park serial, and the ongoing Back to the Future, it's hard to imagine anyone at Telltale getting much free time anytime soon. At least they'll have plenty of TV to catch up on.
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Feb 18, 2011
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