The Walking Dead

Less than 48 hours after the strong suggestion circulated that a second season of The Wolf Among Us was not in development, Telltale Games has announced that a second season of The Wolf Among Us is in development. It's scheduled to debut in 2018, and will be joined by the fourth and final season of Telltale's Walking Dead series, which was also revealed today. A new Batman series, entitled The Enemy Within, is also on the way, and it's a lot closer: the first episode will be available on August 8. 

Batman: The Enemy Within will be a five-part series beginning with "The Enigma", which sees the Riddler's return to Gotham City. "But his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions," Telltale said. "Which of Batman's new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?" Probably pretty deep, honestly.

Player choices from Telltale's first Batman series can be carried over into The Enemy Within, or you can opt to start afresh instead. The game will also support Telltale's 'Crowd Play' multiplayer feature, which delegates in-game decisions to groups of family and friends with connected mobile devices. Troy Baker will return as the voice of Batman, while Anthony Ingruber is back as John Doe, aka The Joker. 

Details on The Walking Dead: The Final Season—which will probably not be the actual title—are thinner, because it's so much further off. But it will feature Clementine in the lead role, "allowing players to fully step back into the shoes of the fan favorite character." 

The situation is similar for The Wolf Among Us season two, which will be out sometime in the second half of 2018. "This new season will begin a fresh story arc for its returning cast of characters, featuring the return of Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf and Erin Yvette as Snow White," Telltale said. 

To be fair to Telltale, its response to rumors about a new season of The Wolf Among Us that surfaced earlier this week wasn't a straight-up denial so much as concerted misdirection. Telltale's Job Stauffer said on Twitter only that he worried people were "getting their hopes up in the wrong direction," and noted that Harrington, who started the whole thing with a tweet of his own, has provided voices in multiple Telltale games.   

The Telltale Summer Update video, with a rundown of all three games (but very little on The Wolf Among Us) is below. 

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Another comic from Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, is getting the video game treatment. Thief of Thieves, his comic about a Thief, will next year spawn an episodic heist game. Named simply Thief of Thieves [official site], it’ll let us rob all sorts of colourful places as Celia, the apprentice of the comic’s protagonist. It’s leaning on those comic book stylings for its art, as you can see in this here announcement trailer I’ve whipped out a PR person’s pocket: … [visit site to read more]

Back to the Future: The Game - John Keefer

The Nintendo Switch is obviously a gaming device and that is its main purpose, but that doesn't stop people from doing some creative experiments. The latest creative endeavor is a short film from Russia that involves a Switch, a banana and, among other things, skydiving.

The video, created by Valera Boluchevsky and Richard Chirkin is straight out of a drug-induced hallucination, with the Switch being offered as an upgrade to an old SNES. From there, you get a variety of short adventures, from playing on an apartment roof, to playing while riding on a bike and a train. They then jump out of a plane, which is apprently the first time a Switch has been taken skydiving. The good news is that they apparently remembered to pull the ripcord.

And, all the while, the banana and a mysterious helmet-wearing man in yellow follows them around. A plunge into the water sans Switch breaks the supposed dream sequence.

It's whacky, crazy and off the wall, and probably an appropriate item to present as we approach hump day. Dissect and enjoy.

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Co-op brain-busting FPS Overkill’s The Walking Dead [official site] is now due in the second half of 2018, following yet another delay. It was previously due some time in 2017, and 2016 before that. Made by Payday developers Overkill Software, the game’s still a bit of a mystery, beyond being a co-op zombie-killing FPS with L4D-sounding dynamic levels and new characters and stories in the world of Robert Kirkman’s zombie comics. Given how vague everything we know is, a delay is little surprise. … [visit site to read more]

The Walking Dead

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The last we'd heard of Overkill Software's The Walking Dead tie-in—a co-op FPS "with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror, and stealth"—it had been delayed from 2016 into the second half of 2017. Well it's just been delayed again, this time until the second half of 2018.

The announcement was made over on Starbreeze Studios' website (Starbreeze owns Payday developer Overkill, by the way) and while you can view the rest of the site in English, the delay post is only available in Swedish, which I am...less than fluent in. Helpfully, Google's auto-translate feature is around to convert the text into something resembling English, the gist being that the delay will allow the game to "reach its full potential". Meanwhile, if you tune into Starbreeze's Twitch channel on May 10, you'll be given "an insight into the development of Overkill's The Walking Dead", which hopefully means we'll finally be shown some footage.

Thanks, Blue's News and VG247.

PC Gamer

Fans of no-win, morally fraught decision making rejoice. The Walking Dead Season 3: A New Frontier is a little more than a week away, and today Telltale released the third season's launch trailer. You can watch the video above.

Announced at The Game Awards 2016, A New Frontier kicks off with the first two episodes of the five-episode season. Ties That Band Part 1 and 2 will reintroduce players to Clementine, years after the end of Season 2, alongside AJ who was only a baby in the second season. A new playable character, Javier, will also be introduced.

During PAX West, executive producer Kevin Boyle said, " Javier will begin to unravel the mystery of who Clementine has become, as her story intersects with his—both of them still driven by the things they value most long after society's collapse." Javier has been described in the past as a survivor who is trying to keep his family together in the desolate and dangerous undead apocalypse.

The Walking Dead's third season premieres on December 20. 

PC Gamer

In November, Twitch Prime offered up Watch Dogs 2 goodies and two free games as membership bonuses, and in a similar vein, its first bonus for December is a gratis game: the first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead. Available until December 13, TWD can be had for nowt by following the instructions on this page, which seems to suggest that you can grab it just by signing up for a free Twitch Prime trial.

This is only the first freebie from Twitch this month—in the previous link they promise more stuff throughout December.

In more current Walking Dead news, the third season of Telltale's episodic adventure series is set to begin shortly, kicking off with two chapters instead of one.

PC Gamer

We're used to waiting weeks or sometimes months between Telltale episodes, so here's a bit of good news if you're looking forward to The Walking Dead's upcoming third season. It was revealed this weekend that the first two episodes will be released on the exact same day, on December 20. No more waiting! Unless we're talking about the wait between episodes two and three, and who knows how long that will be.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier wants to reel in new players as well as returning ones, hence the subtitle, and a new protagonist by the name of Javier. He joins Clementine as one of the leads of the five-part series, and if you want to pay for it all in advance you can buy the season pass now on Steam or GOG.

PC Gamer

Telltale has announced a solid release date for the third season of its Walking Dead adventure series, and it's going to show up a bit later on the calendar than we were told back in September. At that time, it was scheduled for release sometime in November, but today the studio announced that it will actually arrive on December 20.

Subtitled A New Frontier, the new season will be broken up into five episodes, set four years after the undead plague was unleashed upon the Earth. Specifics are still thin, but (surprise!) it sounds like life for the non-brain-eating portion of humanity remains miserable.

"When family is all you have left... how far will you go to protect it? Four years after society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos. But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier?" Telltale asked in the grim-sounding PR blurb. "As Javier, a young man determined to find the family taken from him, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every choice you make could be your last."

Javier is a new character, but Clementine is not: She serves as the series' connective thread, having debuted in the first episode of the first season all the way back in 2012. "When we began this series, we explored what it meant to protect a character like Clementine at all costs," executive producer Kevin Boyle said when the planned November release was announced. "Years later, meeting her for the first time, Javier will begin to unravel the mystery of who Clementine has become, as her story intersects with his both of them still driven by the things they value most long after society's collapse."

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier isn't yet listed on Steam, but is available for preorder directly from Telltale for $22.50, ten percent off the regular $25 price.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

The third season of Telltale’s episodic The Walking Dead story-o-adventures will kick off on December 20th, the developers announced today. Clementine will return once more with new pals/future corpses and oh gosh is the world still full of wandering zombies? You’d think that rotten mob would’ve settled down by now. The third season continues Telltale’s wacky new policy of superlong names, bearing the official title The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier [official site]. Nailed it. … [visit site to read more]

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