Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is the next downloadable title, in a collection of recently released downloadable games, to have crossed the one million copies sold mark. Earlier this year both Trials Evolution and Minecraft for XBLA hit the honorable benchmark, and now The Walking Dead can add its name to the list.
While the game might not have made it to the million mark as fast as Trials or Minecraft — The Walking Dead released about three weeks ago — it’s still a pretty important distinction for an experience that is more interactive novel than video game.
Reaching the one million mark is not just significant in terms of sales dollars it also makes The Walking Dead the fastest selling Telltale Games title. Recently the developer has released several games based on beloved properties like Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, but apparently their vision for Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead piqued the most gamer interest.
Sales numbers for The Walking Dead were tabulated across all platforms that currently carry the game (PC, XBLA, PSN, and Mac), but no mention is made of which platform harbored the greatest percentage.
What’s also interesting to note is that The Walking Dead that was released last month was only the first part in a planned five episode series — a typical release format for Telltale. If the first episode, which was pretty well received, can strike this much of a chord with gamers, who knows what type of sales the next four episodes might see.
The typical turning point for these Telltale games that are released in episodic chunks is episode three, where fans either decide whether they want to stick with the story till the end or save their money for something more interesting. It won’t be for a few more months that we see how much staying power the series has, but for now things are looking pretty good.
Did you contribute to Telltale Games’ fastest selling title? What do you hope to see out of subsequent The Walking Dead episodes?