Telltale’s take on the Walking Dead is excellent, and one of last year’s most compelling video game experiences. It’s elevated storytelling within the medium of videogames beyond a level many thought possible – and if you’ve managed to play through the entirety of the first season without some emotional stirring, you’re either a psychopath, or dead. To wit, it’s really bloody good, and it shows in the sales figures.
Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors revealed to the Wall Street Journal that 8.5 million episodes of have been sold in the seven months since the release of the first episode of the critically acclaimed adventure game series.
“November and December were our biggest months. It was the culmination of the product, the game of the year awards, the retail push, and it still has a ton of head room in it,” he said.
Connors says that Telltale’s pulled in about $16 per user on each of the similarly priced formats, but that it’s performed best on mobiles. I hope he means the iPad specifically, because it’s pretty awful on the iPhone.
“The episodic model has allowed us to create an economy that works on mobile. As far as size, at this point it’s probably about 25% of the revenue of the product and it is on the largest upswing of all platforms as well,” he said.
“I think we see with iOS products, we see more impact from when the show is on, when there’s stress about the show.”
It’s available on iOS, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 – and even went on sale during the holidays with the first episode going free on pretty much all platforms. South African users might have noticed though that the game is still not available on the local Xbox Live marketplace (mayhaps some good news on that front soon!) and might be waiting for the retail, packaged version to hit shelves
Unfortunately, that’s not got a solid local distributor at the moment so don’t expect it any time soon. Apex interactive is actively looking at bringing it in though, so you may yet see the title on local shelves at some point this year.
While we’re on the subject of the Walking Dead, Activision will be releasing their First-person shooter take on the AMC TV show later this year. Last week, a fan-edited trailer of footage from that game made the rounds prompting many to attempt to eat their own brains. It might be fan-edited, but it was put together using actual footage from Terminal Velocity (the geniuses who brought you Star Wars Kinect!) and Activision’s obvious soulless cash-in. If you’ve yet to see it, have a look – and tell me it doesn’t look like some poor Half Life 2 fan mod.