The Walking Dead is a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.

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Your actions and choices will affect how your story plays out across the entire series. Live with the profound and lasting consequences of the decisions that you make in each episode. You’ll be forced to make decisions that are not only difficult, but that will require you to make an almost immediate choice. There’s no time to ponder when the undead are pounding the door down.

The world we knew is gone. The dead have risen to feed on the living. The living cannot be trusted.

Starving. Never safe. Looking for hope. What would you do?

Choice Matters

The Walking Dead is a game where choice matters. YOUR choice. The decisions you make in the game can have far-reaching consequences affecting how your story plays out. From the seemingly mundane to the horror of being forced to choose who lives and who dies, the game engine is tracking everything you do to deliver a tailored game experience. The following videos take just a few of the choices that have to be made in each episode of the game and show a live picture of how millions of players around the world have responded to the horrors thrown at them in The Walking Dead.

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How do I download and play The Walking Dead Episodes 2-5 on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network?

The Walking Dead: Episodes 2-5 are easily accessible as downloadable content (DLC) from within The Walking Dead: Episode 1 application you initially downloaded and played.

  1. From The Walking Dead’s MAIN MENU, select the DOWNLOAD CONTENT option.
  2. Once in the DOWNLOAD CONTENT menu, select the episode you would like to download. Episodes that are already available for download will be marked "GET". Follow the on-screen instructions to initialize the download.
    NOTE: All players on XBLA and players on PSN that have not purchased the Season Pass will be prompted to purchase each episode on the first attempt to download.
  3. Once an episode is denoted as "Installed" you're ready to play.
  4. Return to the MAIN MENU and select the PLAY option.
  5. From the LOAD GAME menu, select your current save game to import your choices from previously completed Episodes. You can also start Episodes 2-5 without completing previous episodes first and it will generate random choices for you.
  6. After selecting a save slot, choose which episode you would like to play by cycling through them on the Episode Select screen using your controller’s shoulder buttons. Only episodes that have been downloaded and installed will be playable.
    Example: If you’ve completed Episodes 1 and 2 and wish to import your choices into Episode 3, select the save game that you used for the previous Episodes, and then select Episode 3 and choose Play.
Is this a game about Rick Grimes, the hero of the comic books and TV show?

No. Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) and Telltale felt that it would be more interesting to tell a story of a new group of survivors.

When does this game take place in The Walking Dead timeline?

Our first episode takes place at the outset of the zombie apocalypse when Rick Grimes is still in a coma.

Is this game based on the comic books or the TV show?

We see the comic books as canon.

So who do I play as?

You play the game as Lee Everett, a man convicted of a crime, but who is offered a chance at redemption…albeit in a world overtaken by walkers. You’ll only ever play as Lee and will see the world from his point of view.

Will I see anything from the comic books or TV show in the game?

Yes. You will meet some characters and visit locations seen in the comic books. You’ll learn about characters and events that have an impact on events seen in the comics. For example, how did Hershel’s son Shawn end up in the barn? Find out in the game.

Why is this game episodic? What does that mean?

Telltale has a history of releasing episodic games – our development philosophy is built around it and it’s something that makes us different from most other developers. Like many story-based TV shows and Robert Kirkman’s original comic book series, the game will tell a complete story arc over the course of a season. In the case of the game we will periodically release one episode at a time until all 5 episodes are available and the season is complete.

How long is each episode?

Skilled players will get through an episode on about 2 hours. Having episodes of this length means that most people will be able to get through them and we want that to happen. The game is not designed to present super-hard barriers and will not force you to grind through it in any way. We want you to complete an episode so that you’ll experience the story and be ready for the next episode.

What kind of game is this?

It’s an Adventure Horror game. This game will offer a different experience compared to many other zombie-based games. You won’t be mowing down hordes of the undead as a super-powered killing machine with unlimited ammo; that would not be an accurate recreation of Robert Kirkman’s world. When you do tangle with the undead, it’s going to be harrowing. That walker could be someone you once knew…or were very close to. Also, gunfire (or loud noises in general) are not good in areas where walkers could be lurking.

Does this game feature multiplayer?

No. The Walking Dead is a single-player experience.

Why does the game look the way it does?

We were inspired by the work of Charlie Adlard, artist for the comic books.

Is there anything unique about this game versus other Telltale games?

Yes. For the first time, the decisions that the player makes will drive a “tailored” game-play experience. A decision that you make or something that you say will have repercussions not only in the episode that you’re playing, but also in future episodes of the game. Decisions will range from relatively innocuous (do I lie here and if so, how should I lie?) though to world-changing (I can only save one person here, who will it be?). Furthermore, you’ll come under pressure to make decisions quickly. You won’t be able to stand around deciding which option to choose during a conversation. The undead won’t stand by and politely let you figure out your next move.

Telltale’s previous games have featured puzzle elements. Is that something we’ll see in The Walking Dead?

You’ll be challenged with problems for sure, but not classic ‘Adventure Game’ puzzles. You’re a survivor in a zombie apocalypse…you can imagine the problems that you’ll have to deal with.

What are the system requirements for The Walking Dead?

PC System Requirements

  • OS: XP Service Pack 3
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Space Free
  • Video Card: ATI or Nvidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics)
  • DirectX®: Direct X 9.0c
  • Sound: Direct X 9.0c sound device

Mac System Requirements

  • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X) to Mavericks (10.9.X)
  • Processor: 2.3 Ghz Intel
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Space Free
  • Video Card: 512 MB Nvidia or ATI graphics card
  • Additional: Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks
What languages are supported?

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

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