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

The Walking Dead: Michonne [official site], a miniseries in Telltale’s episodic choose-your-own-disaster line, wraps up today with the release of its third episode. This closes a gap in the comic book story, a point where Michonne had vanished off for a few issues. And Telltale will be dipping into the comic book world a bit more, according to comic creator Robert Kirkman. He’s opened up a wee bit about Season Three of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, which is due this year, and will once again visit Clementine.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Joe Donnelly)

Having never read the comic book series, I mostly know The Walking Dead’s Michonne as the samurai sword-wielding walker-whacker that’s played by Danai Gurira in the television series. Courtesy of Telltale’s point-and-click spin-off, though, I now also know her as the equally bad ass serial choice maker-er who’s about to embark on her third and final miniseries episode. Named “What We Deserve”, the last outing of The Walking Dead: Michonne [official site] will launch on April 26.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

As first hinted back in 2014, there’s definitely going to be a Season 3 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead – because The Walking Dead in all its forms is a story specifically designed to never, ever end. Telltale promise that the endings of Season 2 will be respected, and claim what they’re doing is “not from the bag of tricks that that we’ve ever shown anybody before.” … [visit site to read more]

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Telltale Games CEO Kevin Bruner said in a recent interview with Mashable that the third season of its Walking Dead adventure series will get underway sometime this year. The studio has a really cool and unexpected plan for dealing with all the possible endings to TWD season two, he added: From a role-playing, interactive storytelling point of view, it is not from the bag of tricks that we've ever shown anybody before.

That's important not just for the purposes of continuity, Bruner explained, but also to help attract newcomers to the series. "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, he said. "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.

Telltale is also working on a way for players to get their outcomes from the first two games into the third, a process complicated somewhat by the fact that its cloud service didn't exist when the first season came out in 2012. He didn't get into how it will work, but it sounds to me like it will be a fairly conventional, How did you handle it? Q&A series. More information about the game is expected to be revealed this summer at Comic Con International.

Thanks, GameSpot.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Melody)

The Walking Dead: Michonne [official site] Episode 2, called “Give No Shelter,” is coming out on March 29th. To announce the release, Telltale have done something slightly different than the usual trailer, something quite cool and also quite creepy. They’ve published one of those recaps that remind you of the choices you made in past episodes, basing it on what the majority of players decided to do.

It’s a bit like “Twitch plays”, except these are the decisions of our collective hivemind.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Hannah Nicklin)

One of the commonly used phrases in tech and games to describe a foolproof ease of use is even your mom . So simple even your mom could do it . That s where this article starts. Even your mom could play this game. But what do we mean by that beyond touch-based or click-only interfaces, and games produced for the often dismissed casual market? And, actually, how hard is it to learn to play a game? I decided to run a small experiment: let s be ambitious, let s introduce my mother to 6 PC games and not just easy games a mixed bag of different genres, control systems and approaches. Let s actually sidestep those assumptions about a huge part of our (Western) world communities, and see what it is for a mother, my mother, to play popular independent PC games.

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

I’ve only a passing familiarity with Michonne from seeing a bit of the Walking Dead> TV show, where she is one of the few competent characters, but I broadly understand she is, as the kids say, ‘pretty dang cool’. Cool enough to get her own spin-off game and be voiced by Orange Is the New Black>‘s Poussey, certainly.

The Walking Dead: Michonne [official site] will begin on Tuesday, February 23rd, Telltale announced today. All three episodes will run you $15 together.

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Payday studio Overkill announced in the summer of 2014 that it had begun work on a co-op FPS, with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror, and stealth, based on The Walking Dead. (The comic, that is, not the TV series.) It was originally slated to come out sometime this year, but Overkill parent Starbreeze Studios now says that it won't be out until the second half of 2017.

That's a significant delay by any measure, but the reason is a good one. Word of the postponement was tucked into a larger announcement of a $40 million investment in Starbreeze by Korean gaming company Smilegate, which gives Starbreeze rights to develop a new co-op FPS based on the Crossfire franchise for Western markets, and will also allow it to release Payday 2 and The Walking Dead on Smilegate's platform in Asia. There are other business-y elements to the deal, but the bit that's especially relevant to our interests is that all that fresh, sweet green being showered on Starbreeze will mean a bigger (and, hopefully, better) zombie game from Overkill.

Overkill's The Walking Dead will be expanded with more content where an Asian version will be developed for simultaneous launch with the Western version, Starbreeze said. To maximize the new opportunities, Starbreeze, 505 Games and Skybound have decided to release the game in all markets during the second half of 2017. The partners are convinced this will pave the way to success, maximize revenues and cement it as a tent pole product for the next decade to come.

Hopefully this means that Overkill can afford to give its Walking Dead a proper subtitle, too.

Thanks, GamesRadar.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Telltale’s resume has grown enormously over the last few years, spurred on by the success of their Walking Dead franchise. They’ve always had a number of franchises on their run at any time, from the mediocre Sam & Max to their truly dreadful Law & Order games, before finding some comedic feet with Strong Bad. But those were the olden days when their games were cartoonish point and click adventures. Now they are choose-your-own adventures with SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. Currently we concurrently have The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands, Game Of Thrones, Minecraft: Story Mode, and The Walking Dead. Recently they announced they’re adding Batman and a Marvel title. But I’ve uncovered even more, exclusively revealed below.

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

Now that Telltale have wrapped up the first series of Tales From the Borderlands and Game of Thrones, it’s time to show a little more of what’s coming next. Last night they announced a Batman series, but also showed off something sooner. A wee trailer for The Walking Dead: Michonne [official site] shows that the three-episode miniseries, which fills in the story during a gap in the comics, will start in February 2016. Oh, and Michonne won’t be voiced by her TV actor, but is having words put in her mouth by the excellent Samira Wiley – Poussey from Orange Is the New Black>.

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