Telltale's The Walking Dead Grosses $40 Million

Telltale's The Walking Dead Grosses $40 Million

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The Walking Dead's success could help Telltale make its own original property.

Telltale Games' episodic zombie saga grossed about $40 million, or the equivalent of 8.5 million episodes sold, since its launch in April 2012. This runaway success, according to Telltale CEO Dan Connors, will help grow the company, and one of the areas of growth Connors is looking at is more original property.

"That would be an area we'd be interested in pushing to grow more there," said Connors, when talking about Telltale's future plans. Or perhaps a partnership with LucasArts could be fun, or something to do with Half Life ... but this is all Connors' wishful thinking, at least for the moment. Telltale's focus is on the next Walking Dead series, which Connors confirms the studio is working on right now.

But what can gamers hope for? Naturally Connors isn't in a hurry to say exactly what's in store, but don't throw away your old saves. "This all remains to be seen," says Connors, "but we are definitely figuring out how to carry the saves over." So your old choices could matter just as much in the second season as they did in the first.

As for which platform you'll see it on, while Connors has great hopes for the iOS mobile space - claiming there's much revenue still to be had there - Connors prefers to concentrate on an all-platform strategy. "It increases the amount of people we're speaking to," says Connors.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Red Bull

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Even if Clem is the protagonist of the next game I can't see many decisions in the first season having much of an impact in the second. I'm interested to see what they come up with nonetheless.

Well deserved Telltale, well deserved.
Now put that money to making some more games of this quality, you magnificent stallion.

I can't see decisions having that much of an impact, maybe some throw away mentions, but still, it's the small things that matter.

They deserve every penny.

Can't wait for season 2.

I suspect Season 2 will have a completely new cast, with Clem and the others showing up for only some key moments(where our previous choices might have some effect).

I hope there's a dog in there somewhere.

eh... in the grand scheme of things, 40 million isn't a lot of money. I mean yea it's a lot to common folk, but when Blackops2 can gross 500 million in a single day, 40 looks like a drop in the bucket.

I bought this off Steam just yesterday - not because I have any interest in the Walking Dead, which I never have - because I love Telltale's work and it was super cheap and everyone and his grandma are raving about it. Haven't even loaded it up yet but I intend to get around to it soon, I just hope it lives up to the hype.

And no developer deserves it more.

Would love to see some original IP from them.

VanQQisH:
I bought this off Steam just yesterday - not because I have any interest in the Walking Dead, which I never have - because I love Telltale's work and it was super cheap and everyone and his grandma are raving about it. Haven't even loaded it up yet but I intend to get around to it soon, I just hope it lives up to the hype.

It does, trust me. If it wasn't for Spec Ops, I would have easily called The Walking Dead my GOTY 2012.

As long as they don't try to jump straight to an MMO, I'm sure it will be a perfect 10. Like this post :P

They deserve every bit of this success. Congrats, Telltale.

Although after this much success and attention aimed at them, I really do wonder what Telltale is going to do next. The future is bright for them.

Daystar Clarion:
I can't see decisions having that much of an impact, maybe some throw away mentions, but still, it's the small things that matter.

They deserve every penny.

Can't wait for season 2.

Same here. Congrats to Telltale for their success. It also shows that there is a pretty big market looking for games with engrossing story and characters even at the expense of the gameplay.

I'm still waiting for Telltale to finish off the Bone series that I paid the first two episodes for. I'm assuming they haven't continued the series?

Well deserved, I'm up to episode 4 at the moment and it's been a hell of a ride so far. Keep up the great work, Telltale.

I REALLY hope that the sequel will not be crushed under the weight of expectations...after the universal acclaim the first got, they set the bar VERY high for the sequel and it will be tough to reach.

I still plan to play The Walking Dead when I have time.

Can't wait for season 2, it'll be insanely difficult to avoid all the spoilers though. (Don't intend to play it until all the episodes are available.)

Really interested in the talk of a new IP too, wonder what they'll go for? Personally I think a Walking Dead style adventure game with heavy dialogue and story focus would be fantastic in a gothic-fantasy setting like Ravenloft.

Does this mean they will fix the PC bug, in which choices don't carry over between episodes, which is affecting hundreds of people of bought the game? No! I am so torn about how much I enjoyed the game and all the hassle I had getting it to work...

Good - they deserve it.
I'm hoping this will show other companies the right lessons - people will love you if you make a game with good characters, an engaging storyline, and weighty decisions that are more then Good-choice-Evil-choice, but I fear this'll just cause some copycat "Episodic point-and-clicks with QTE" to sprout.

Are there plans to release all the episodes in a compilation? I really don't want to download five seperate episodes every time I want to run through a game.

Good for them. My gf bought this for me for Christmas, I can't even get past the first episode due to it being unplayable.

Guess which company is never getting another dime from my household?

Karloff:
So your old choices could matter just as much in the second season as they did in the first.

So not at all?

Seriously, this was a good game, and the choices mattered to the player, but they didn't matter to the game. It doesn't matter what you do, or how you choose, the story unfolded mostly the same no matter what. Maybe they ought to make Season 2 filled with choices that actually affect the narrative and outcome of the game, so I have an incentive to play through the game more than once.

Karloff:
Naturally Connors isn't in a hurry to say exactly what's in store, but don't throw away your old saves. "This all remains to be seen," says Connors, "but we are definitely figuring out how to carry the saves over." So your old choices could matter just as much in the second season as they did in the first.

Oh darn. I was hoping to replay the first season as Scumbag Lee (my first playthrough was Good Guy Lee), but I don't wanna have to play through it a third time just to rebuild my current saves.

P.S. Thanks

Genocidicles:
Are there plans to release all the episodes in a compilation? I really don't want to download five separate episodes every time I want to run through a game.

As far as I know, they have released a physical copy of the game with all 5 episodes for about $20 or so. So you can try looking for one at Gamestop or something if you don't really mind it being non digital.

OT: This is pretty good news. I won't hope too high for choices to carry over, but I'm sure whatever they do for Season 2 will still be just as good.

This is happy news. That's great for a game that isn't available in physical copies.

I still need to finish the last 2 eps but the continuation of the series is good to hear as well as the success of the game in general.

They deserve every penny and more. This game made me cry. It had me cringing away from some of the things Lee had to do, and then there's Clem. She's having to see all this go down during the time when a person decides(or finds out) who they are. It would be very interesting to see who she becomes in the future and how the situation and Lee's actions, affect her.

Nemu:
Good for them. My gf bought this for me for Christmas, I can't even get past the first episode due to it being unplayable.

Guess which company is never getting another dime from my household?

Is this an issue with launching the game/errors during the game itself, or has your opinion of the game's quality (or apparent lack thereof) determined that the game is "unplayable?" If the former, that's not really Telltale's fault, and if the latter, I'm curious to hear your reasons why.

AldUK:
Can't wait for season 2, it'll be insanely difficult to avoid all the spoilers though. (Don't intend to play it until all the episodes are available.)

Really interested in the talk of a new IP too, wonder what they'll go for? Personally I think a Walking Dead style adventure game with heavy dialogue and story focus would be fantastic in a gothic-fantasy setting like Ravenloft.

All the episodes are available now.. By the way.

OT: super excited for the sequel

Xathos:
As far as I know, they have released a physical copy of the game with all 5 episodes for about $20 or so. So you can try looking for one at Gamestop or something if you don't really mind it being non digital.

Yeah I searched around and saw that. Still not released in Europe though.

Quingfang:

Nemu:
Good for them. My gf bought this for me for Christmas, I can't even get past the first episode due to it being unplayable.

Guess which company is never getting another dime from my household?

Is this an issue with launching the game/errors during the game itself, or has your opinion of the game's quality (or apparent lack thereof) determined that the game is "unplayable?" If the former, that's not really Telltale's fault, and if the latter, I'm curious to hear your reasons why.

It's a technical issue. I am at a point where I need to be all sneaky to kill zombies to rescue some chick, but the game laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags me to death. I have absolutely no opportunity to make a move to defend myself. Restarting the game and/or the XBox does nothing to help me progress.

Looked it up online and I've found that there are a LOT of other customers who have had similar issues with the hard copy of the game. How would it not be Telltale's fault? They produced the game, it was up to them to properly code the game to disk.

Sight Unseen:

AldUK:
Can't wait for season 2, it'll be insanely difficult to avoid all the spoilers though. (Don't intend to play it until all the episodes are available.)

Really interested in the talk of a new IP too, wonder what they'll go for? Personally I think a Walking Dead style adventure game with heavy dialogue and story focus would be fantastic in a gothic-fantasy setting like Ravenloft.

All the episodes are available now.. By the way.

OT: super excited for the sequel

I know, I've finished season 1. I meant season 2.

 

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