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Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman Announce Partnership Bringing The Walking Dead to Gaming
First games in exclusive multi-year, multi-platform, multi-title partnership for groundbreaking series to release Q4 2011
SAN RAFAEL, CA. February 18, 2011 -- Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman today announce a long term agreement to produce games based on The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is an epic drama where personal trials are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment survival. As a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions sweeps the globe, the dead are rising to feed on the living. The living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally begin living.
"We have been fans of The Walking Dead for years. As a narrative-driven company, we really appreciate Robert Kirkman's masterful craftsmanship in every story." said Telltale CEO Dan Connors. "Fans of the franchise are going to be really excited by how we deliver this in the games."
Published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead comic series earned the 2010 Eisner award winner for Best Continuing Series and is consistently atop the New York Times best-seller list. The television series made its television debut on Halloween 2010 on the AMC cable network and immediately became the most-watched drama series in cable's history with 18-49 year olds, attracting over 6 million viewers. The television series has earned nominations for numerous top industry awards, including Golden Globes®, Writer's Guild and Director's Guild honors.
"The folks at Telltale Games are a great choice for bringing The Walking Dead to life as interactive entertainment," said The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman. "They care as much as I do about the story and characters while seamlessly weaving that into the games they build. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am ecstatic to work with the same people putting out the coolest Jurassic Park game ever."
The multi-year, multi-title agreement covers PC, Mac, console, handheld, mobile and social gaming media.
Telltale has opened up registration to sign up for timely information and updates at http://www.thewalkingdeadgames.com. Telltale will release additional information on The Walking Dead games in the coming months.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published Battle Pope (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SuperPatriot and TechJacket), he achieved superstar status in 2003 with Invincible and The Walking Dead. During a subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman's Invincible into a motion comic -- one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman's SKYBOUND imprint, under the Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for The Walking Dead. AMC's interpretation of the comic, helmed by Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd, has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game changer for groundbreaking television on cable.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading digital publisher of cinematic adventures playable on every major gaming platform. Telltale has also pioneered episodic delivery of scheduled content, developing games as series to create longer consumer engagement. Founded in 2004 by LucasArts veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing with over 5 million episodes sold since 2005. Telltale's reputation for quality has been established across more than 35 published releases that have cumulatively earned an average Metacritic score above 80%. Telltale's titles have won numerous awards including, "Adventure Game of the Year" from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times to Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes games for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360TM, WiiTM, PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone. Learn more at www.telltalegames.com.