Telltale's The Walking Dead graphic adventure isn't going to stop its wave of good news just because a new year has come around. It might have cleaned house during the 2012 game awards season, but what's to stop Telltale from pushing this momentum clear into 2013? I mean, the hype is just starting to pick up.
Luckily, they have a foundation to build from in 2013 as well. Their indie darling has sold a whopping 8.5 million copies shared amongst the five episodes published over the course of last year. Telltale has not released the breakdown of the sales, but that still averages to roughly 1.7 million of each episode sold.
But, The Walking Dead is not all Telltale has in store for the new year. Co-founder Dan Conners confirmed with Red Bull UK that the team is "just starting to form the concept for season two."
"This all remains to be seen but we are definitely figuring out how to carry the saves over."
With the choices made in each player's playthrough of The Walking Dead creating vastly different outcomes, it seems Telltale might have a daunting task ahead of them when creating a sequel. Maybe they should ask BioWare for advice.
In the meantime, Telltale of course also has no interest in becoming a "Walking Dead graphic adventure factory," and they are on the lookout or the next big IP. For a company who has already dealt with likes of lesser known cult favorites like Monkey Island all the way up to Hollywood blockbusters such as Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, how else could they possibly climb the ladder? Well, how about the Earth's most popular franchise?
"Coming from LucasArts we always felt we could do a great Star Wars story game"
Given their recent critical success, as well as Star Wars games not exactly enjoying a good reputation these days, putting the franchise in the hands of Telltale might not be a bad idea for Disney. It would at least write the wrong of LucasArts never creating a SCUMM powered Star Wars game back in the day.
If Star Wars was not on the table, Telltale is also open to the idea of "building out a deeper story to a great game franchise, something like Half Life Stories or Halo Stories."
Any other thoughts? What favorite franchise of yours would you lie TellTale to give The Walking Dead treatment to?
Editor's note: Let's not forget, Telltale is also working on something for Vertigo's Fables comic series.
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