As if Telltale wasn’t busy enough putting together ideas for a Batman series, releasing a retail edition of their Tales from the Borderlands, and wrapping up Minecraft: Story Mode, the developer and publisher also recently released The Walking Dead: Michonne, a spin-off to their main The Walking Dead game series based on Robert Kirkman’s comic books.
The first season introduced fans to Clementine, who helped drive the series to its current popularity. Season 2 followed young Clem’s survival and offered players the ability to influence the destiny of certain key characters. These games differ greatly from Michonne, which not only centers on the blade-wielding character from both the comics and TV series, but the story also unfolds in a shorter three-episode adventure. Prior to its release, it looked as though Michonne was going to have to keep fans satisfied for the time being. But now, Telltale has revealed that The Walking Dead season 3 will be coming out later this year.
In speaking with Mashable, Telltale Games CEO Kevin Bruner confirmed a 2016 start date for The Walking Dead Season 3. He also commented that the developers were working out how best to pick up the action after the finale of season 2, which, unlike many Telltale games, was notable for its lack of a cliffhanger that instead offered players various choices, each resulting in an ending with closure.
“When we got to Season 2, we had a plan in the back of our minds of how we would make all these endings keep those threads going forward. From a role-playing, interactive storytelling point of view, it is not from the bag of tricks that we’ve ever shown anybody before. The way that we’re dealing with and validating and retaining all those different playthroughs is really cool and unexpected and, I think, pretty innovative from the storytelling point of view. How do we go back and make sure all Walking Dead fans can get in while still keeping all of our storylines going? I think where we’re landing with the story for Season 3 does a really good job of both of those things.”
Bruner also hinted at a new kind of save system that may be put in place for season 3. With the popularity of cloud-based storage, it seems progress and options made in previous titles will soon be able to players even across systems. (Although it will most likely be across just one platform, for example: PS3 to PS4, or Xbox 360 to Xbox One). Even if you haven’t played Telltale’s The Walking Dead before, Bruner seems confident these adjustments will make it easy for you to catch up.
“It allows people who maybe haven’t played [the first two seasons] to come in and get up to speed really quickly. But it definitely respects, honors and facilitates all of the various end points that Season 2 had. We’ve got a strategy to help Season 3 players … collect all their data from the previous games. We didn’t have the cloud services in Season 1 that we have now. So we’re going to have a solution for everybody that we’re not talking about it yet.”
Hopefully Telltale’s crowded slate will not result in a lower quality narrative experience. The first two seasons had a significant impact on narrative-focused gameplay and so, whether season 3 continues the stories of some old characters or introduces brand new ones, there’s a high standard to keep.
The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 1 is out now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and iOS. The Walking Dead season 3 will be available later in 2016.