Telltale Games previously teased The Walking Dead: Michonne during E3 in June 2015, and it is now ready for release. The latest episodic series based on the hit zombie franchise will land on the PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and mobile devices at the end of February, the studio announced.
The first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries will premiere on February 23 for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. The iOS and Android release will arrive on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store two days later, on February 25. The miniseries will run for three episodes and cost $14.99. There does not appear to be an option to purchase episodes individually.
The timing of the release is well-planned by Telltale and their partners. The sixth season of The Walking Dead TV series will return on Sunday, February 14. The game actually crosses over with the comic series by Skybound Entertainment, but there are obvious benefits to feeding off the hype of the AMC series.
“In Too Deep” is the title of the first The Walking Dead: Michonne episode and helps fill the gap in between issues No. 126 and No. 139 of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. Played by Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black, it will be a closer look at what makes the sword-wielding character tick and hints at exploring more of Michonne’s past.
“Michonne joins Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise the coast for survivors and supplies,” Telltale’s press release states. “When a desperate signal for help draws them to a scene of horrific massacre, Michonne and the crew are lead further to the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe, which may just be harboring the person responsible for the carnage.”
The release plan for The Walking Dead: Michonne calls for the second episode, “Give No Shelter,” to arrive in March. The series will then conclude with the third episode, “What We Deserve,” in April.
“Over the three episodes of the miniseries, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back,” Telltale states.
“In many ways, Michonne herself is a reflection of the world of The Walking Dead. She is brutal and cold on the outside, but deep beneath what is broken, she remains hopeful, trying to claw her way out of the darkness that surrounds her,” Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said during last year’s E3 announcement. “In our effort to bring the world of the comic and the world of the Telltale series closer together, there is no greater character than Michonne to help bridge that gap.”
An extended preview of the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne will be hosted by Telltale on Sunday, February 14 at 8:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. PST. Those interested in watching the developers play the first five minutes of the game should tune into the Telltale Youtube channel.
The Walking Dead series has been Telltale Games’ biggest hit yet. The first and second seasons starring Clementine along with the 400 Days in-between filler have sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide. They have also won numerous awards, including Game of the Year from USA Today, Wired, and other media outlets.
Telltale wrapped up 2015 with the conclusions of Game of Thrones: Season One and Tales from the Borderlands. It also launched Minecraft: Story Mode last October and quickly pumped out four episodes before the New Year and plans a fifth in 2016.
The studio has its hands again full for 2016. In addition to The Walking Dead: Michonne, the developer is working on an untitled Batman game due out this year. Meanwhile, an untitled Marvel game is also planned for 2017, plus The Walking Dead: Season Three and Game of Thrones: Season Two are also waiting in the wings with unannounced release dates.
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