Telltale Games has finally made the first two episodes of its latest entry in its popular zombie-themed adventure game based on popular The Walking Dead comics (not the TV show, the comics). The third season, called The Walking Dead – A New Frontier, was made available late on Friday in the Google Play Store after launching for other platforms earlier this week.
While the first episode in A New Frontier is priced normally at $4.99, Telltale has priced the second episode for just 99 cents as an in-app purchase for a “limited time”. The game itself takes place some time after the end of the second season, as players control a new character, Javier, who like many in this apocalyptic world has lost everything. He encounters Clementine, the girl survivor of the last two seasons who has gotten a bit older. Fans of the comics will notice characters, such as Jesus, popping in this new season.
Fans who have their save file from Season Two of The Walking Dead can import it into Season 3 directly. If they have the save file on a platform other than the one they are using to play A New Frontier, they can still import that file with the new Cloud Saves feature. Telltale has posted detailed instructions on how to handle that transfer.
If for some reason you have played The Walking Dead Season 1 or 2 but don’t have the save file, but still want to continue playing Season 3 in the way you remember how it ended with Season 2, Telltale also has a partial solution. It has created a “story generator” , which is based on data the developer has gathered about the choices the players in the previous Walking Dead games have made over the past few years. As it turns out, the data showed 42 different ways those players have interacted with those games. The story generator asks players with no earlier save files a series of questions based on those 42 play styles, The final result should offer a virtual save file that is supposed to offer a version of Season Three that feels “right” to gamers who have played through the previous titles in the series.
If you have downloaded and played The Walking Dead – A New Frontier, what are your impressions and how does it compare to the two previous seasons? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.