Telltale’s The Walking Dead series, now published by Skybound Games, made a strong return to form last week on Steam. All five installments of the long-running series are now back on sale on Steam and if you’re quick you can grab them for 25% off until January 27th. That lot includes:
The collection is also more complete on the Nintendo Switch with both Season 2 and A New Frontier newly released on January 21st. No discounts there I’m afraid. I’ve updated the tables at the top of all the game pages on the site with the new releases and links to download.
With pre-orders opening up last week for the September 10th release of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series, we’ve already been asked a few times about what’s on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One discs. Skybound has been talking up the collection for a few months now which will include all 4 Seasons, the 400 Days DLC, and The Walking Dead: Michonne, along with new visuals, a comic-inspired Black & White option, and over 10 hours of behind-the-scenes content.
That’s a fantastic anthology, but what’s inside the box? You may remember that the original versions from Telltale saw several retail releases, many of which only contained a single episode and simply added the season to your download history. That means that if you go out today and pick up any of the existing games on disc you’re more than likely going to be disappointed… and missing out on most of the story.
So I reached out yesterday to Skybound in hopes of getting clarification and I’ve got good news to report! According to the rep I spoke with all of that content will be on the disc making the Telltale Definitive Series quite literally that; the most definitive way to make sure you can play the entire series for years and years to come.
You can pre-order the physical console editions through Amazon, GameStop, GAME, or direct from Skybound now. And if you’re ok with the digital releases you can pre-order them from any console marketplace, the Epic Game Store, or the Microsoft Store. One note on the Nintendo Switch: there won’t be a physical release or a Definitive bundle but updated versions of seasons 2 and 3 with extra content will launch on the eShop to accompany what’s already there.
The future for Overkill’s The Walking Dead has gone from bad to worse since its release last November, and today things have grown even more grim. Skybound Entertainment, the company co-founded by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, announced yesterday to IGN that they are pulling their licensing and support from Overkill’s The Walking Dead, published by Starbreeze Studios.
“As of today, we have terminated our contract with Starbreeze Studios and will discontinue all efforts on Overkill’s The Walking Dead. Our creators and their stories are the core of Skybound, and since 2014 we have worked hard to expand the world of The Walking Dead into an exceptional Co-op Action FPS.
We did our best to work with Starbreeze and resolve many issues that we saw with the game, but ultimately Overkill’s The Walking Dead did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised. We are exceedingly sorry to our fans and share their disappointment in the game. We remain dedicated to providing our fans with the most premium quality content we can offer, and will continue to look for alternative video game options for the IP.”
Early this morning Starbreeze, the beleaguered publisher who is currently run by an interim CEO trying to manage millions of dollars in debt, with a barren lineup, and low studio morale (here’s an insightful read), responded with their own statement on the immediate and long-term future for the title. Acting CEO Mikael Nermark said:
“Skybound, the license holder of OVERKILL’s The Waling Dead, has filed a license related complaint with the main digital distribution platform for the Starbreeze game OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead. As a consequence, the product is expected to be removed from new purchases on Steam within a near future. Starbreeze and Skybound are in discussions about the agreement and Starbreeze is trying to resolve the issue to find an amicable solution with the ambition to finish and deliver season 2 of the game, as previously communicated.
We are deeply sorry for the issues this may cause anyone who has bought the game looking forward to the resolution of Season 2 and are working urgently to attempt to resolve the issue. Please keep an eye on the official OTWD channels for further news.”
This makes for an almost certain end to the unreleased PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game that console publisher 505 Games recently confirmed were merely “postponed”. If Starbreeze and Skybound somehow come to an arrangement to move forward these versions may still see a release, but right now it doesn’t seem very likely.
No dates have been announced at this point to add to the Watch List calendar so for now I’ll just keep checking for the game’s removal from Steam and update when the inevitable happens. Sources:USGamer | IGN | PC Gamer
When we last got an update on the fate of The Walking Dead: The Final Season back in November, it was simply confirmation that series creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment would bring the final two episodes to release… sometime. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes work “logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work,” Skybound wrote in the November update, but now that work is about to bear fruit.
In a post back on December 20th (that I missed until commentor Taven Matthews pointed it out), Skybound announced that Episode 3 of the 4-part final season would debut on January 15th. The season pass bundles have since returned to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, and anyone who bought the game through Steam or the Humble Bundle store will still receive the last two episodes there, but there’s an epic twist for the series’ future availability on PC.
Another part of the announcement was the reveal that Skybound had partnered with Epic Games to make the Epic Games Store the new home for The Walking Dead: The Final Season on PC. Hopefully this means the previous seasons of the game will also return to PC as right now they’re still delisted on Steam. Fortunately, all of Telltale’s The Walking Dead titles remain on sale on consoles.
Like many fans of the series, I’m a little bent out of shape by the Epic Games twist but I’m happy that the series gets to have its proper final season, or as proper as possible given its tumultuous history. I’ll have the game’s page on the site updated soon to reflect this news.