The Walking Dead Season Two revealed with Clementine as protagonist

Second season to debut this year on PC/Mac, before coming to consoles and iOS; Season One Game of the Year Edition announced.

Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman today officially announced The Walking Dead: Season Two, due out later this year on PC/Mac, before coming to consoles and iOS later.

The second season in Telltale Games' acclaimed adventure game series will continue the story of the orphaned girl Clementine. Gamers will play as Clementine as they struggle against the undead and each other through chapters that will test players morals, according to Telltale.

"The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman's world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series," Telltale Games CEO Dan Connors said in a statement.

According to Connors, playing as Clementine will challenge players' expectations for how to survive in a world where "no one can be trusted."

Like the first season of The Walking Dead, Season Two will span five episodes released digitally beginning this year and running through 2014. Players can buy all five episodes at once for $22.50, a savings of 10 percent over the cost of purchasing each chapter individually.

Telltale Games also announced a $30 Game of the Year Edition for the first season of The Walking Dead. Available in North America for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC at retail, the bundle will include all five episodes, the 400 Days expansion, a copy of the game's musical score, and a behind-the-scenes video.

More than 21 million episodes of The Walking Dead have been sold so far, Telltale Games said. The San Rafael, California-based developer is also currently working on The Wolf Among Us, an episodic series based on the Fables comics.

Telltale Games also created point-and-click adventure games based on Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Wallace and Gromit.

Separately, AMC today renewed The Walking Dead TV show for a fifth season. It is developed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and is also based on Kirkman's comic book series.

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de-ci23
de-ci23

Clementine didn't have to be the playable character for us to care about season 2. She just had to be in it. I believe making her the playable character was the worst thing telltale could have done and here's why. All of the NPCs look to her for answers because she is us. Where this works for Lee, a 30 something year old former professor. Immersion is completely broken when the adults send a little 11 year old to search a building for supplies, Join them as back up to clear a path, by taking out zombies so the rest of the adults can follow safely or rely on her to solve puzzles and give advice on what do like she's a marriage councillor.

From experience I can say that I worry about Clem's safety far less because she is under my control. I find my self worrying far more about NPCs like Sarah because she can die at any time or her survival could be determined by the choices I make as the player unIike Clem who will survive until the end of the the game as Lee had to for the story to be completed in season 1.

k_h_a_n
k_h_a_n

this season 2 should have taken place some time after season 1 and clementine should be shown somewhat older, more courageous adapted to this zombie world rather than a frightening child of the first season, that would have been some protagonist to play with anyways I hope season 2 to do equally good as the first one

elbauto
elbauto

It was obvious, but it may be a bad idea to play with her, SHE IS A LITTLE GIRL, except that she grows(that would be cool)

3xp1o5iv
3xp1o5iv

Great news there's gonna be a second season - but the general consensus appears to be that playing as Clementine is a bad move for the series. Definitely not looking forward to it as much as I could've been.

wexorian
wexorian

playng as clementine is weird and bad same time

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Good timing, I just bought season 1 for $3 on PSN. Finished it last night and about to start the 400 days episode. Can't wait to see Clem again.

bruta
bruta

season 1 was awesome, even the short dlc. looking forward to it

i gotta get The Wolf Among Us as well

feared4power
feared4power

Clementine's a great character and all, but playing as her is gonna feel weird.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Sounds good, looking forward to it, But i have NO idea how you guys will top season one, Also don't tell us how the game will test our moral, show us... Will we see Christa and Omid? or hear about them? I hope so...

Bowser05
Bowser05

I really liked the first season, so I'll definitely check out the second.

Skakruk
Skakruk

why in the world i can't download videos i like ? wtf happened ? that's it - gamespot, you did it. I start to search for another gaming site which has really good design and not doing what you do.

Bakutakamine
Bakutakamine

Telltale Games is destroying interactive storytelling, I guarantee and one episode by them is better then all of Two Souls, or Ellen Paige's Ooh Boys Adventure.

erica_daryl
erica_daryl

have a hporrible feeling that they might do the sam ending that they did last season except the characters that the bad ting happens to is clementine :(

erica_daryl
erica_daryl

One thing people (surprisingly) haven't noticed yet is the npicture of clementine talking to a guy acroos the table... who's the guy across te table. It resembles both Kenny and nate. but im leaning toward nate , cuz I doubt Kenny survived Ithe facts say he does but will telltale actually choose to let him live is a very small chance. But that could be a huge spoiler yet no one except me has noticed it yet!

Verenti
Verenti

I have my reservations. Part of the appeal of season one was looking after Clem. She was someone we didn't have direct control over. In videogames the protagonist is all too often too powerful because we have too much control over their actions. I don't know if Clem will have the same gravity as a protagonist as she did as a main character. If Clem goes from scared little girl to action hero because I, like many of you, am good at playing videogames, I'm afraid much of the magic of Season 1 will be lost.

shreddyz
shreddyz

yay. I hope the focus of the game won't be too much on that scared little girl. $30 is a tad much for this game. wait for specials on steam.

mekentosh
mekentosh

WHEN IS SOON??!?!? WHEN IS SOOOOOOOOOOOON??!?! (reading in Lemongrab's voice)

djmellowd
djmellowd

Oh yes, this series is outstanding!!! Waiting for release!!!

mrjohno
mrjohno

Looking forward to this. Season one was fantastic!

vindictivecow
vindictivecow

why did the guy have to get bit and die at the end? i will only play as lee. bye bye, me no buy.

RS13
RS13

I don't like this.  The Walking Dead was good because of the weighty moral decisions you were faced with (which the game sometimes bugged out and forgot.  Yeah GOTY!). But a young child just isn't going to be capable either of understanding those decisions or making them.  How's Clementine going to talk someone into giving a gun to a bitten person?  Or convince someone to shoot their bitten loved one?  How is she going to get people to follow her instructions?  Maybe Telltale can pull off a completely different sort of game, but I really doubt they can pull off the same sort of game.

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

Im thinking we will play as an older clementine.  maybe a young teenager...?

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Lol, why even release a trailer and then put 'coming soon' with no release date? Similar to The Wolf Among Us, I'll wait until all 5 episodes are out and buy the whole season. This hype shit and teaser trailers is ridiculous.

001011000101101
001011000101101

So this game of the year edition... Will it actually be playable this time? Because the last disc release didn't work at all. I know video game companies are quite fond of completely ignoring bad press, but a mentioning this would've been nice.

pip3dream
pip3dream

I'm stoked that Clementine is the protagonist, it's what I was hoping.  It's doubtful (to the people who were complaining) that you would play clementine as a Child...  It doesn't make sense because they wouldn't really be able to put Clementine into the types of fucked up situations they do the other characters because of her being a child I think-  it makes more sense that you will play a Clementine who has become a world weary survivor who was shaped by the experience of Everett as a child; which i think is totally awesome

godfather830
godfather830

@GAJY_FILTH I agree. She was an excellent (ok, decent) supporting character, but as a protagonist she's boring.

HandBananaFTW
HandBananaFTW

@Bakutakamine Agreed, TWD and Telltale's new game "The Wolf Among Us" are incredible and much better than anything David Cage has ever done, especially Indigo Prophecy. *shudders*

Bowser05
Bowser05

@Verenti To be fair, we don't know much about Season 2. There could be some very intensive and emotional character interactions that are totally different from Season 1. I don't think it's fair to make presumptions with no real basis yet. Have reservations is fine, but creating fantasy scenarios that aren't based in fact is another.

wtbrown1993
wtbrown1993

@Verenti I wholeheartedly disagree with your comment.  Since when in the Walking Dead was a character ever an action hero? What does your skill with video games have anything to do with the game itself. It never affected it in the first season so why would it affect it now? Telltale games don't require hardcore skill. Telltale knows what it is doing.

Would you have wanted Telltale to go to the predictable path? Bring in a character similar to Lee? Why not take a risk and present a younger character into the game to bring something fresh into the battlefield like no one has ever done before? After playing the first episode of The Wolf Among Us and the entire season of The Walking Dead, I have complete confidence in Telltale.

A character doesn't have to be powerful to be a protagonist. They need their wits and instincts. I believe Telltale will present a different feel with this season, as you're not a grown man with leadership capabilities. You're a young girl that is trying to survive, to belong, and I think that is something that games have never explored before.

erica_daryl
erica_daryl

@Verenti I agree, who is their to protect her now and be basically her guardian angel?

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@vindictivecow Vindictivecow is vindictive and full of spoilers for any unfortunate souls who may not have finished season 1 by now.

System4Ever
System4Ever

@RS13 I think you underestimate kids and furthermore you have to remember than in this fucked up world Clementine has been forced to mature a hell of a lot faster than someone would normally.

de-ci23
de-ci23

@jo8n3645  

 "Im thinking we will play as an older clementine.  maybe a young teenager...?"

Nah! She's still under 10 years old because her time line can't pass Rick and Carl Grime's in the comic because the game is canon.

RS13
RS13

@jo8n3645 She looked pretty young at the end of the trailer.

Williams0907
Williams0907

@HipHopBeats I agree I'm pretty tired of this "tactic" also. The ps4 is 16 days from launch and the have barely showed the Interface in detail

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

@001011000101101 I never played the disk version but i thought i heard that it played perfectly fine once installed?

de-ci23
de-ci23

@pip3dream

" I'm stoked that Clementine is the protagonist, it's what I was hoping.  It's doubtful (to the people who were complaining) that you would play clementine as a Child...  It doesn't make sense because they wouldn't really be able to put Clementine into the types of fucked up situations they do the other characters because of her being a child I think-  it makes more sense that you will play a Clementine who has become a world weary survivor who was shaped by the experience of Everett as a child; which i think is totally awesome"

If you're stoked at the prospect of playing as a mature Clem then you will be just as disapointed as I am at her being the playable character since she can't be older than 9 due to the fact, the game is canon and her time line can't pass where Rick and Carl Grimes are in the story.  Carl is still 9 if i'm not mistaken since Christmas has only come once in the comics and his 9th birthday followed christmas.

Verenti
Verenti

@Bowser05 @Verenti How might I be creating fantasy scenarios? It is a walking dead, to omit action sequences would be to omit zombies, which would defeat the purpose of it being a walking dead game.

de-ci23
de-ci23

@wtbrown1993 @Verenti  

 " You're a young girl that is trying to survive, to belong, and I think that is something that games have never explored before." 2 words Bella Monroe! It has been done before. in Blood curse siren on the PS3 you controlled Bella, a little 10 year old defenceless girl who had to escape a hospital filled with zombies and had to run and hide all of the time because she was too small to physically fight them. It was good to play that role in short bursts but playing a whole game like that would suck.  

It isn't conceivable that any of the adult npc's would take Clem seriously. I think using her as the main character is a bad idea. I won't worry about her if i'm controlling her as much as I would if she was an npc who could be harmed or captured. If I die as Clem I will just get the option to replay from the last checkpoint. I wouldn't have the same level of panic I had when I was Lee trying to run towards her to save her from threats.

Clem will not be grown up. She will still be a little girl at the end of the day.  How do we know this? Because the game is keeping inline with the comic's canonicity so it can't elapse the time line of the comics, so she can't be older than 10.

Verenti
Verenti

@wtbrown1993 @Verenti Telltale games don't require hardcore skill. That's my point. In my playthrough, Lee was a crack shot who didn't need to ever worry about missing a single QTE event. My Lee was bad-ass. Maybe your experience differed, but action sequences with button mashes or clicking on zombie heads never presented a situation where I couldn't do these action "at will".


And yeah, I wouldn't have minded if you played multiple characters through the second series, like Krista and Ahmed? I don't remember their names but the couple you meet on the way to Savannah. Maybe some other characters that are introduced as you go. But having a young child who is able to deal with any problem she is presented with would, for me, break the experience.

As for trusting tell-tale, I said I had reservations. I plan on taking a "wait-and-see" approach, not that I think it will fail. It's generally not a wise approach to anything to make up your mind before you know all the facts, anyhow.

Jasurim
Jasurim

@Uesugi-dono @vindictivecow In all honesty, if you haven't finished season 1 and don't want any spoilers for it, you probably shouldn't be looking at an article about its second season.

de-ci23
de-ci23

@System4Ever @RS13  

" I think you underestimate kids and furthermore you have to remember than in this fucked up world Clementine has been forced to mature a hell of a lot faster than someone would normally."

That there, my friend, lies the problem.  She will no longer be the Clem that everyone fell in love with. She will become more like the Becca and Carl characters that twd game fans criticised when comparing them with the Clem of season 1. 

When telltale finished the first season they didn't have a clue where they were going to take the story hence why they were silent for so long. The fact is they fucked up royally when they decided to kill off Lee, now they have no where to go other than to put Clem in the main character role so we can feel like our choices from season 1 mattered. The problem with controlling characters that were previously npc's is that unless they are badass fearless killers like Ellie inTLOU beforehand they will be acting very differently when we take control of them.  At least in TLOU Ellie was taking people out with Joel's rifle and stabbing people with her trusted blade long before we took control of her in the game.


RS13
RS13

@System4Ever @RS13 Maybe so, but she still can't *lead*.  Decision-based games almost universally place the PC in a leadership position.  Zombie apocalypse or no, I'm not making a habit of turning to a 7-year for guidance.

erica_daryl
erica_daryl

@RS13 @jo8n3645 telltale said she is now a preteen (12 years old) two years has pasted since season 1. They said she is turning 13. So by that age she has a right mind to make hard decisions like lee did.