TellTale Games releases the first trailer for The Walking Dead: Michonne, a three-episode series that will fill some of the story gaps from the original comics.
Like TellTale’s The Walking Dead Season One, fans of The Walking Dead Season Two were told that they could expect a mini-series of stories to premiere sometime after the completion of Season Two. Excitement grew when it was revealed that the newest mini-series would feature an iconic character from the original The Walking Dead series: Michonne.
At The Game Awards today, TellTale Games unveiled the first trailer for The Walking Dead: Michonne. Though the trailer was extremely brief, it does shed some light on what gamers can expect from the episodes.
The Walking Dead: Michonne will span three episodes, and will begin its episodic release in February of 2016. Michonne displays plenty of her epic sword skills in the brief trailer, which should pose an interesting contrast to the classic gun and desperate, button-mashing survival combat that’s appeared in prior incarnations of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. However, the game wouldn’t be complete without decisions to make and a heavy emphasis on dialog, and it looks like Michonne, who will be voiced by Samira Wiley, will be encountering a wide variety of characters along her way. She also seems to be struggling with memories from before the apocalypse, as a voice can be heard calling out “Mama” while she fitfully sleeps.
Fans of The Walking Dead comics may be interested in the Michonne mini-series, even if the prior seasons of the game that primarily focused on stories and characters that weren’t in the comics held no interest for them. Job Stauffer, Director of Creative Communications for TellTale Games, tweeted that The Walking Dead: Michonne is now a standalone mini-series, so owning Season Two isn’t necessary. Furthermore, while TellTale’s The Walking Dead has crossed paths with some characters and events from the original comics, Michonne’s side story will actually fill in some of her missing story from the comics. The game is set to cover the story behind her absence between comic issues #126 and #139.
TellTale’s The Walking Dead series has been praised for its excellent storytelling and character development. However, the company has also been criticized in the past for their sluggish release of episodes. Given that TellTale is releasing a Batman series and working on Game of Thrones Season 2, we can only hope that Michonne’s story is released in a timely manner.
The Walking Dead: Michonne will begin its episodic release in February 2016, and will be available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and for Android and iOS mobile devices.