If you've been looking for some drama in a zombie apocalypse while you're on the move, here's some good news for you. According to IGN, Telltale will be releasing its critically acclaimed The Walking Dead for the PlayStation Vita later this year.
Don Mesa, Director – Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation, PlayStation, revealed that the game would be coming to the Vita in an interview with IGN. “Having [a studio] like Telltale, a very successful indie developer, coming in to support us sends a strong message,” said Mesa.
Mesa talked about how the Vita version of the game could offer unique experiences. “Again, a good example is with The Walking Dead. We think that the emotion and the immersive experiences you're going to get there, wherever you're sitting, if you're in your living room and playing on your Vita or sitting at a café or at the bus stop and playing this, you get that shock or fright. I think that's going to be important. That's what we want to deliver as you're playing.”
The release window for the Vita version of the game is yet to be determined though, and it is also unclear whether Telltale will be releasing it episodically or all at once.
Drama on a handheld device!
This year will also see the release of season 2 of The Walking Dead. Earlier this month, Telltale told GameInformer, “The current estimated release window for Season Two of The Walking Dead is for fall of this year (2013), and not next year (2014) as has been reported after a recent interview.”
The report about season 2 of the game series coming out next year was a result of some miscommunication between Telltale CEO Dan Connors and Eurogamer.
“We apologise for any confusion and thank you and all of our fans for your continued excitement for Telltale's series,” the company stated.
The main story of the Walking Dead universe is set in America where zombies are suddenly running… er, walking amok, and a rag-tag bunch of survivors must do whatever it takes to survive. The comics tread a very dark path by highlighting some truly unspeakable acts performed by the humans, as opposed to the zombies. Though the game’s tone isn’t quite that dark, there are still glimpses of it in the first episode.
Despite the lacklustre gameplay, The Walking Dead managed to be one of last year's best games purely due to its great script. The replay value afforded by the branching storyline was more than a pleasant bonus, and it managed to push gaming as a creative medium much further than most AAA games have managed to do in the past. The Walking Dead is easily counted among the likes of Planescape: Torment and Spec Ops: The Line when it comes to the quality of writing, both in plot and in dialogue.
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