Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Tops 1 Million Episode Sales

Critically-acclaimed title featuring innovative tailored narrative design tops the charts on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®Network, PC and MAC
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 17, 2012 — Leading digital publisher Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead for Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics, announced today that their internally developed The Walking Dead video game has sold over one million episodes across PC, Mac, PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The Walking Dead is Telltale’s fastest-selling game series to date, with the first episode of five, titled ‘A New Day’ topping the sales charts as the #1 best-selling title on Xbox LIVE Arcade for two weeks straight, also securing a spot at the top of the sales charts in its launch week on the Steam digital distribution service as well as on PlayStation®Network. These sales milestones do not yet include figures for the iOS version of The Walking Dead, which Telltale is planning to launch later this summer. The upcoming second episode of the season, ‘Starved for Help’, is expected to launch across PC, Mac, and consoles this June.

“Premiering The Walking Dead game series to record numbers across so many diverse platforms is a tremendous achievement that shows the value of bringing strong storytelling and game play together,” said Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games, Inc. “The tailored narrative design puts gamers in control of their own story within the universe of The Walking Dead in a way that appeals equally to hardcore gamers and to more casual gamers who are fans of the franchise. The most exciting aspect of getting off to such a great start is that this is just the beginning of the five episode series. The Walking Dead fans are going to experience some really great moments in the months ahead that are uniquely influenced by the choices they make throughout the season.”

The first episode of The Walking Dead has been met with high praise from gaming critics, receiving multiple ‘Editors’ Choice’ awards from outlets including IGN.com, PC Gamer, and Official Xbox Magazine, as well as a ‘Gold Award’ from PlayStation: The Official Magazine. Other publications such MTV News called it, “…one of the best examples of interactive entertainment to date.” The New York Times has praised the first episode’s strength in storytelling saying, “…moments have more sadness and subtlety in them than other games muster in 40 hours.”

The Walking Dead: Episode One – A New Day is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Lee Everett, a man convicted of a crime of passion, has been given the chance for redemption in a world devastated by the undead. Players will experience life changing events, meet new characters and familiar ones from the original comic, and also visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead offers a tailored game experience – player actions, choices and decisions affect how the story plays out across the entire series.

Episode One – A New Day is the first of five monthly episodes of The Walking Dead games series and is available for 400 Microsoft®Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360®, available now for $4.99 per episode on PlayStation®Network, and is available as the first part of a five episode season pass for $24.99 on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store and other digital outlets.

The Walking Dead: Episode One – A New Day is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language by the ESRB.
For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and all of his titles, visit www.skybound.com.

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