Have you been playing Tales From The Borderlands, Game Of Thrones, and The Wolf Among Us, wondering when you will be able to play the next season of The Walking Dead? Sure we have the Michonne mini-series to tide us over, but what about Clem and her story? Well, according to Telltale’s CEO Kevin Bruner, in an interview with Mashable, we can expect to play the third season sometime this year.
In the interview, Bruner talked a lot about how this third season would be different from a storytelling perspective. In case you forgot, or haven’t played the second season, season two ended with the player leading Clementine down one of four radically different paths. From a writing perspective, writing a follow up to that is roughly as difficult as writing a sequel to a story whose previous big villains were a race of universe ending super robots (cough) Mass Effect:Andromeda (cough). But Bruner promises that season three’s “unexpected” approach will be satisfying no matter which ending you chose.
From a role-playing, interactive storytelling point of view, it is not from the bag of tricks that we’ve ever shown anybody before. The way that we’re dealing with and validating and retaining all those different playthroughs is really cool and unexpected and, I think, pretty innovative from the storytelling point of view.
Speaking of not playing season two, from what Bruner says, season three might be a good place to jump in if you haven’t played seasons one or two and the reason for this lies in the story.
[The story] allows people who maybe haven’t people who maybe haven’t played [the first two seasons] to come in and get up to speed really quickly. But it definitely respects, honors and facilitates all of the various end points that Season 2 had.
So does that mean that the choices everyone made in the first two seasons won’t count? No, it was difficult, but Telltale has found a way to transfer player choices across generations.
We’ve got a strategy to help Season 3 players … collect all their data from the previous games. [W]e didn’t have the cloud services in Season 1 that we have now, so we’re going to have a solution for everybody that we’re not talking about it yet.
While we don’t have any info on what players can expect from the next season of TWD, Bruner did say that we can plan on hearing more about the game sometime around Comic-Con International this summer. So be sure to check back here then for more details.