First Walking Dead episode sells 1 million

Debut episode in Telltale Games' new adventure series hits platinum status in two weeks, becoming company's fastest-selling series to date.

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Telltale Games' new The Walking Dead episodic adventure game series has started off on a high note. The developer announced today that the first episode--A New Day--was downloaded over 1 million times across PC, Mac, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live in two weeks.

The Walking Dead sprinted to 1 million in sales.

TellTale Games has adapted a number of popular franchises into episodic adventure games, including Back to the Future and Wallace and Gromit, but none were as immediately successful as The Walking Dead. The company said today that The Walking Dead is the fastest-selling series in company history.

The next episode in the Walking Dead series, titled Starved for Help, is expected to launch across PC, Mac, and consoles in June. Additionally, the season's first episode--A New Day--is scheduled to hit iOS devices next month. A total of five episodes are planned for the series.

Telltale's Walking Dead is a single-player episodic game based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series. It stars Lee Everett, a man convicted of a crime but given a chance to redeem himself, albeit in a world infested with undead. For more on the franchise, check out GameSpot's review of episode one.

Discussion

75 comments
Johny_47
Johny_47

I'm not surprised, I thought it would sell even more, I like it and I've only played the demo. When I saw it for the first time though I thought it wouldn't be as good as the TV show because of the cartoon-y style borderlands graphics, I just thought it would take away from the dark, serious style too much but it doesn't.

 

If I had the money I would have bought it right after I completed the demo, I'll probably wait until the next season is out and this one is cheaper though. I can't wait for the next season on TV, brilliant show.

jstowers
jstowers

Telltale can suck it - New Zealand misses out because they are too lazy to submit it for classification in our country due to Australia's archaic ratings laws.

 

Hello torrent, Hello PC version. (playing right now). *fist pump*

ikhan856
ikhan856

i loved the tv seies best every but seriously not the game,not in my whole life time

ikhan856
ikhan856

shit game,this just action based,i was very exited when i saw the trailer of jurassic park game,when i played the game my god it's just action based u just to press the button,Telltale Games should stop making videogames to pc they suiataable for wii only look at the graphics of this game it looks painted,i would have enjoyed if this game was made by any other game franchise,espically by rockstar or any other game 

Dvergilio67
Dvergilio67

Well on Xbox Live you can ONLY buy it one episode at a time...

DamacosG
DamacosG

why does everybody think this it's $25 for five episodes??? its only $20 for 5 episodes and $4.99 per episode if you buy it by singles!!!!

stony4cloud
stony4cloud

The game is enjoyable on so many levels. ITS creepy intense and the fact that it comes  in episodes;just makes you long for it to come back on like the TV series. the acting is also surperb.I GET CHILLS WHEN I PLAY IT. 

dz99ls
dz99ls

Praying this means we will get a disc version of this game

m4rkoca
m4rkoca

This one is really a bull's eye. It captures the atmosphere from the show and the looks from the comics, a fine mix. Can't wait for the next  one.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

paid $5 and finished it in a hour. not worth it

 

they should just release the whole game instead of making us wait.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

That's good. It was very well done - just goes to show how huge Minecraft is though; sells a million in week at 1600 MS points; this was only 400 and took twice as long. Looking forward to episode 2

OdinssonThor
OdinssonThor

1,000,000 times 50$ is 50,000,000$... and still they all try to fight piracy??!!! greedy sobs all they want to do is entice people with big commercials and trailers, while smiling in your stupid faces, as they sell you shitty products, and they enforce constant internet connection and stupid usless DLC content!

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

That's good. It was very well done - just goes to show how huge Minecraft is though; sells a million in a week at 1600 MS points; this was only 400 and took twice as long. Looking forward to episode 2.

bgranli
bgranli

This makes me happy. I really liked episode 1.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

I would love to get my hands on this game, but I will wait till I can get all of the episodes in one package.  I still feel burned by Valve with the continued wait on Half Life Episode 3.  If you can't trust Valve, then how can you trust another company to complete the series on time.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

I tried the demo, and loved the look of the game, as well as the intriguing story, but I just wasn't thrilled with the actually gamplay.  But that's just me.  I'm thrilled that the game has sold so well.  Congrats are in order to Telltale Games, and I hope future episodes are as well received as the first. 

ParisSun
ParisSun

I really love this, although I kind of want to buy it all in one package.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

The sheer fact that it had my fave character (Glenn) from both the show and Graphic Novel's made it worth it. If that minute and very publicly pre-release posted factoid spoiled anything for anyone I really must not appologize one iota.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Just when you think people are tired of so many zombies games, this proves quite the contrary.

 

I rather wait for all the episodes to be released to have the option to buy as single package.

ADO300
ADO300

i will wait for all episodes to be released just like back to the future and have as a physical copy... can't wait to get all the series cause i LOVE the comic books and the tv-show!

Hiroo4
Hiroo4

Was excellent. Cannot wait for part 2!

Poodger
Poodger

I can't wait to get this game, but I am going to wait until all the episodes are released first so that I don't have to wait for the next part.

BKILL96
BKILL96

Lee should make a cameo appearance on the show if he survives the game.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

This is a horrible thing. I'll never buy this game. We can NOT resell it or buy it used. If I buy it, it's MY, so I must have the right to resell it.

DamacosG
DamacosG

 @Dvergilio67 Well maybe it was a pre-order sale on psn, i purchased the pass before release. Sorry to hear xbox didn't receive that. 

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

 @HiImUPSMan  you should purchase it altogether when complete episode comes out ...... at least you got 4-5 hours

woodyfr
woodyfr

 @OdinssonThor And the game is only in English !

Not that I don't understand but not everyone can speak English and they added subtitles in their previous games...

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

 @OdinssonThor You have to factor in total costs (development, marketing, support, licensing costs, royalties, etc) versus revenue. If GTAIV sold $50 million copies worth, it would've been a massive failure since it cost over $100 million to make (nevermind anything else).

srbija_do_jaja
srbija_do_jaja

 @OdinssonThor 

This game is not $50 its $25 for 6 episodes if you buy the entire thing, otherwise its 4.99 on playstation network for one episode meaning this company made at least 5 million, not 50 million.

 

I played the first episode and it had it moments but it wasn't very interactive, I felt like I was watching a comic book more than I was playing a game.

 

I just see so much potential with the IP and although telltale is doing a good job with it I can't help but wonder why no other company picked it up and made it an RPG like Fallout 3.

Scarab83
Scarab83

 @Jaga_Telesin No. That's not how Tell-Tale Games works. You pay $25 up front, for the WHOLE game. They just release them episodically once-a-month.

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

 @vicsrealms  Uhm, well Telltale has a lot of episodic series like Sam and Max, Tales of Monkey Island, Wallace and Gromit, and they're ALWAYS on time. One episode per month. Trust them.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

Sorry, I was just teasing to see what people have to say about it. I want used games to be banned.

RAHBRT
RAHBRT

 @ClaudiusCaesar

It's sad you don't know what you're doing on the Internet since damn near every game download service states that the game is LICENSED to you and you don't own it. You should do yourself a favor and read TOS before you end up having an iPad on your head and someones mouth on your ass. 

Poodger
Poodger

 @ClaudiusCaesar Such a trivial complaint. Get over yourself. Its already quite cheap, and why on Earth do you already plan on reselling it? Even back when I used to buy hardcopy games, I only ever bought them used or sold them about 5% of the time. 3 years ago, I completely stopped buying hardcopy. The convenience of downloadable games (especially on Steam) is just far too good.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

 @ClaudiusCaesar I really can't wait till the day all media becomes digital only. What will you do then?

Mwall5
Mwall5

 @ClaudiusCaesar Well I guess you won't be playing next gen games at all, rumor has it, next gen console games will be like PC gaming is now, required a code to play to prevent sharing and/ or re-sale.

 

Supposedly the gaming industry is losing a lot of $$$ due to the resealing of games at places like gamestop and they are trying to prevent that for this next generation.  IDK how true that is, this site had an interesting article about buying used a week or two ago, some reports say that the industry is loosing a lot and others say it's not as much as they try to lead us to believe

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

 @srbija_do_jaja Plus there's Sony's cut to consider (what is it? Probably 10%-30%).  The real question is "what were the development costs, and what are the support costs?" After all, they have to recoup their costs for this episode, develop the next episode, pay royalties (for the IP at least), etc.

 

So, just throwing out numbers?

$4.99 - 30% seller's share = $3.49

$3.49 * 1 million = $3.49 million

 

The big question is: what was their budget? How much do they need to break even? To continue the series? If it costs (guessing) $1 million to make the game, then they paid for their costs, the costs of the next one, and have a very respectable $1.49 million left over. Chances are they will have to pay royalties as a percentage of sales, plus support, maybe marketing, etc., so that will go down. No idea what they'll be left with, but I'm sure it'll be a reasonable ROI.

eque93
eque93

 @srbija_do_jaja

 I thought it was $25 for 5 episodes, and then there was a deal in PSN in getting the episodes into some pre-order bundle for $20, but I don't know if this is the case with PC and Xbox.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

 @Scarab83 Sorta. Its more like buying a TV season on iTunes or someplace - you pay upfront, get a discount, and get them as they're released, trusting you'll like the rest. Or, you can buy them individually/separately but pay more as you're being more cautious, not wanting to commit because you (reasonably) aren't sure about it.

 

Its a great model when it works. There've been failures with it, too. Actually, I can't think of anyone other than Tell-Tale that has had a lot of success with episodic gaming, truth be told.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

 @VercettiTommyy Hmmm, maybe I will give it a try once the 2nd episode is out.  I still have my hands full with re-runs of Fallout 3 and NV...and maybe I will finish Skyrim and get into Diablo 3....geez, no free time!!  lol.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

 @RAHBRT Well, PS3 and Xbox games are also "LICENSED" and we can resell and buy them used. Also, Telltale are making too much money, they are greedy.

Scarab83
Scarab83

 @JohnMafia Not that I'm agreeing with ClaudiusCaeser, mind you. I use Steam frequently, and gladly buy digital downloads instead of physical copies of games. I'm just throwing out there a very likely problem if all media goes digital.

Scarab83
Scarab83

 @JohnMafia Wait for a large enough solar flare to wipe out our entire culture in one shot.

devrindare
devrindare

 @Mwall5 so true, those who use reselling their games & don't buy those games which didn't give this option, probably leave gaming or start pirating.

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

 @vicsrealms I hear ya. Good gameplan , I myself wanna re-run NV and start playing both Skyrim and Diablo 3. So yeah, may we have fun with 'em. :)

Scarab83
Scarab83

 @ClaudiusCaesar So because fans of the game/company bought the first episode at an extremely reasonable price, that makes Telltale greedy?