When Telltale Games announces a release schedule for any of their episodic titles they usually stick to it pretty rigidly, but in the case of The Walking Dead they haven’t been as stringent as gamers would like. Most recently the release of The Walking Dead‘s second episode, Starved for Help, failed to hit its originally announced release date, and eventually slipped into late June.

Hopefully, though, Telltale will be able to put those episodic delays behind them, especially since they have given a soft release window for The Walking Dead‘s third episode, which is titled Long Road Ahead. That release should take place some time in the middle of August, but unfortunately, as we said, Telltale is gun shy about revealing a firm release date after Starved for Help failed to release on time.

Since The Walking Dead Episode One: A New Day’s release, Telltale has claimed that The Walking Dead would see a new episode released every two months until the final episode’s release, which simple math tells us should be some time in December.

If the game’s quality was reminiscent of Telltale’s last game, Jurassic Park, then two months might not be such a bad wait, but because The Walking Dead is so great it makes the month-long waits much more agonizing. Couple that in with the extremely tough decisions that must be made in each episode, and it makes for an even more frustrating hiatus than The Walking Dead TV show leaves fans with.

Needless to say we want to play more Walking Dead as soon as possible, and even a soft release window is better than no information at all. The two episodes released thus far come highly recommended (read Episode Two’s review here), and, when put together with the final three installments, will undoubtedly make for a Game of the Year contender. For now fans can go back through the first two episodes and replay each sequence to see what type of nuance Telltale has written for each scene.

Should TellTale have waited to release The Walking Dead as a complete package to avoid these agonizing waits? What do you predict will happen in the next episode of The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead: Episode Three – Long Road Ahead releases in August on XBLA, PSN, and PC.

Source: Telltale Games