Telltale's The Walking Dead landing in Australia May 9

Episodic adventure series hitting Australian stores next month; retail release will include all five episodes of the first season.

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Telltale Games' episodic adventure series The Walking Dead will be getting a retail release in Australia on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on May 9 this year.

Telltale announced it would be releasing the game as a retail product in Australia following the Classification Board of Australia's decision to rate the title MA15+ for "strong themes and horror violence".

The retail release of the game compiles all five episodes of the first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead, which debuted in April 2012 as a digital download.

Telltale revealed early last year that it had no plans to release the game in Australia and New Zealand due to strict rating laws. Australia officially introduced an adult classification for video games on January 1 this year, allowing R18+ rated games to be sold at a national level.

Prior to its classification in Australia, Telltale's The Walking Dead was obtainable on PC and Mac via digital games retailer Steam, or purchased online through Telltale's own site.

Telltale's The Walking Dead is a single-player episodic game that is 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 the undead.

Discussion

40 comments
devildemondruid
devildemondruid

um i live in oz and just bought all 5 episodes from xbox live for 800 points which is oz is the equivalent of $13.20....retail will cost at least $20-$30 so this is stupid.

towely62
towely62

HAAAAA i knew it and called it. as soon as their rating system came out users asked if they would be able to get these kinds of games and i had reassured gamers that this would happen

Skippz_King
Skippz_King

Why have a retail release after the Digital release 2 months earlier? Just buy ps+ and buy the game you pansy's! 

hadlee73
hadlee73

I didn't even know you could get this as a physical copy. I'll definitely buy it as a retail release (even though I already have it on Steam).

himmler
himmler

Gee for a country founded by criminals it's funny they are so strict on their rating systems

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

Wait what! why can't the Ausies play this, why can't they just download from Steam etc?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

As a US citizen can someone from AUS clear some things up.

How hard is it to digitally get games that may not be available in retail? I assume through illegal means like pirating players could get their hands on it, but through other digital means like Steam are you able to get to more content than you can retail?

How hard is it to import retail copies from other regions?

How stuck are you to paying the higher prices and are you able to find lower prices either from digital or online orders importing games?

If you may not be able to buy a game from something like Steam can it be gifted to you?

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

the praise for this game is absurd..had i know how this game was gonna turn out i would have never picked it up in the 1st place. 

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

Well, The Walking Dead is rated M in America, but it's not "Hard M", it's more like a more lenient Mature game. Hard M are games that just glorifies violence for no point other to sell more copies.

CeasdRedemption
CeasdRedemption

Random question: Can you take any game into australia? I might have an internship over there, but will also be in the middle of no where!

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

Second most overrated game ever, right after Journey

Blowing_for_Ps4
Blowing_for_Ps4

I want to hear about your sandwich and Peter Molyneux story

pozium
pozium

You mean Australians havnt played the walking dead? poor them. The game would probably be already spoiled. Anyway, better late than never

MinerAvatar
MinerAvatar

If you like the Walking Dead your going like this game, it is very well done, enjoy mates.

loafofgame
loafofgame

Aaah, retail products. Haven't bought those since the dawn of Steam. I miss them a little... Anyway, good for you, Australia. TWD is an awesome game.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Toysoldier34

 @Toysoldier34 

1) Occasionally, games not sold physically here will get digital releases, but it is rare. There are ways to buy games and DLC on PSN, Live and Steam if need be. For example, its quite easy to simply create a US PSN account and buy a US PSN credit voucher on eBay (the vouchers are different in each region).

2) Quite easy, via ebay, ozgameshop, etc. A lot of people I know do it. I rarely do. I tend to get good deals at my local ebgames, and I'm still fond of the 'in-store' experience. I will occasionally buy old games on eBay, as buying new games online can sometimes be made redundant by insane shipping fees.

3) Importing from the UK and US is almost always cheaper (shipping aside). Average price of a new console game in stores is around $89 (which has come down from $99-109 in recent years). This despite the high Australian dollar value, means we pay more than 30-50% more for games. Digital prices are not any better. There are some exceptions on PSN, but often new digital releases (of otherwise physical games) can sometimes cost more - up to $99.95.

Some online vendors will sell games at an exchange rate to anyone in any country, which is nice. Blizzard, for example charge the same amount for most of their products. Technically, we pay less for a WoW subscription and premium services due to the high Aussie dollar value.

Sometimes physical copies of games can be very difficult to find too, and then are the countless games we simply do not get on PSN and Xbox Live. No Chrono Trigger, for example. Why? No idea. During the PS1 era, Legend of Dragoon had a very limited release in all PAL territories, but most especially Australia. Today, the PAL version of this game is worth upwards of $200, while you can easily pick up sealed NTSC copies for under $40. More recently, games like Alice: Madness Returns and any Hyperdimension titles are almost impossible to buy in stores because so few copies are shipped to our shores.

This is widespread and it isn't fair to point the finger at video game publishers, or the distributors. This year the Australian government began an inquiry into high prices for many tech products, from games to smartphones, tablets and computers. We've been overcharged for many of these products for decades so its high time. What Americans pay 99c on the App store for, we Australians can sometimes pay up to $10 for, simply because, Apple chooses to.
More info: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/02/apple-and-microsoft-summonsed-to-explain-price-disparities-in-australia/

I will also point out, though only on a slightly-related note, its much easier to buy games and pay for game services online in Australia than it is for movies. We do not have netflix (and being a fan of bricks-and-mortar video stores, I'm fine with that). Trying to watch movies and TV shows 'legitimately' online can often require workarounds (proxies, false headers, etc). The words "This video is not available in your country" is all most Aussies will get trying to watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, South Park and much more, online. Some music videos will present a similar message on Vevo and Youtube.


4) I've no idea if games we can't buy on Steam can be gifted, sorry. I'd guess no, though.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

@LoganWesker Your telling me the story didn't make you cry at any point? YOU ARE A SICK HUMAN BEING.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@CeasdRedemption You're not going to get busted for 'possessing' un-classified games in Australia. The laws only state the games and movies not classified cannot be sold or exhibited here. Some films however, have been banned - such as Salo or Ken Park. Those, you will probably not get through customs (pretty sure Salo is still banned in the US too, but whatever).

So, bringing Mortal Kombat 9 in to the country is probably not going to be a problem. Truth be told, a local used game store here has a sealed copy of the collector's edition for sale. Technically, he's not supposed to be selling it, but its been on display in-store for over 2 years. Nobody cares. Last i checked $250, still not sold...

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

@TheSkyrimStatue This game is awesome, watching a TWD Episode where you actually have the power over every actions/decisions? amazing

blahblahblah999
blahblahblah999

@pozium Of course we have.  We may be dumb rednecks, but we're smart enough not to wait for our retarded classification board or to pay the 200% retail mark-ups...

fatee
fatee moderator

@loafofgame You should read the TOS for steam sometime. You don't own shit. 
You "rent" games on steam.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Lhomity @Toysoldier34 Thank you I appreciate your response and I learned a lot from it. I take it you are mainly a console gamer then.

Do you have much experience with Steam or GreenManGaming? I have purchased easily 90% of my games from one of those vendors in the past two to three years since I discovered GMG. Both have extremely low prices during sales. Steam is known for their great sales, but GMG isn't as known and they are great because they offer discount codes that work on most titles even pre-order titles. I was able to pre-order Tomb Raider for $35 instead of the $50-$60 full price. GMG is also located out of Europe so you may be able to get a break on it compared to it being a US located retailer.

A big thing I was curious about was the ability to simply creat accounts for other regions, I know for PSN it is quite simple and I have an account for every region. I originally did that when a demo for God of War 3 was only released on the EU store.

How much does AUS government do to prevent people from outsourcing purchases to get around their own system? You mention it is much more common with movies that they limit you.

Relating back to the first question I was curious more about how easy it is for gamers to get around AUS restrictions more so regarding violent games. I know many games flat out don't come to AUS and I was curious if often the only way to play the game at that point would be through pirating the game.

Once again I thank you for your response. I am a very curious person that enjoys learning things for knowledge sake.

loafofgame
loafofgame

@fatee @loafofgame I know. And if they want they can just cancel everything and/or ban me for no apparent reason. I get why people want to own things and feel like it's in their control, but frankly I don't care. I have enough faith in Valve that they won't just take the games away from me. I know there are stories about accounts being banned for no apparent reason, but hey, you can never be entirely free of uncertainty. Steam is quick, easy, cheap and there's no physical storage space.

But it's easy to say for me of course, because nothing bad has happened to me yet. I'll change my tone when I won't be able to play the games I purchased anymore... I guess time will tell. Until that time I'll be happily playing 'my' games.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@TheSkyrimStatue @GamerOuTLaWz The game keeps you moving from point A to point B in a similar fashion to keep the story good. The game gives you freedom to get to it how you see fit and alter parts of it. Being able to choose which of two characters lives and dies affects quite a bit.

Heavy Rain has a very similar approach and both are great games. 

Ultimately it still tells about the same story but it tailors it to each user giving everyone a slightly different experience making it easier to get involved in.