Telltale’s The Walking Dead video games have captured and broken the hearts of many, not unlike the comic books and TV show. Sharing the same universe as the comic series, the first season of Telltale’s game series told the story of Lee Everett, a convicted killer seeking redemption through caring for an abandoned 8 year old girl named Clementine. The game went on to receive dozens of awards, no doubt in part to its heavily compelling storyline that took players on an emotional roller coaster, prompting a second season that continued Clem’s story.
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Players have been clamoring for the release Season 3 of Telltale’s Walking Dead game series to find out what happens next, but we already have confirmation that it won’t happen anytime this year. However, Telltale did hint at more Walking Dead before Season 3, causing speculation that it could have been a standalone bonus chapter for Season 2 (much like 400 Days was for the first season). Finally, Telltale Games revealed at gaming expo E3 that their next game in the franchise will star Michonne.
Still set in the same universe as the comic books as well as the previous seasons of the game series, The Walking Dead: Michonne is being called a “mini-series” as opposed to a full season. This mini-series will only consist of three episodes (compared to the five episodes the first two seasons had). The game will tell the untold story of Michonne in the comic books from issues #126 through #139, when she left the safety of the Alexandria Safe Zone for unknown purposes before finally deciding to return. Players are going to find out exactly what Michonne had been up to, and will be able to control that journey themselves. Creator Robert Kirkman spoke about the decision to give Michonne her own game:
"“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. 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.”"
Michonne has always been one of my most favorite characters from the franchise, so I’m ecstatic. I also love that we’re going to tie up the games and comics a little closer together now. Having them share a universe is great, because when I’m playing the games, it feels like I’m getting the chance to explore the world of my favorite comic book series. Playing as one of the most iconic characters from those books heightens that experience even more.
No release date has been given beyond “later this fall,” but we will continue to report on the game as development continues.