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EDGE #332 - review scores

Three great scores

I have to say, I didn't expect Yoshi's Crafted World to get such a high score from EDGE. They're notoriously rough with their scores. That said, I definitely think Yoshi deserves the praise!

Yoshi Crafted World - 8
Walking Dead Final Season - 7
Baba is You - 9

The Walking Dead: The Final Season wrapped up exactly as Telltale originally envisioned, says former dev

A fitting end

As you know, Telltale Games is no more. The studio closed down in the middle of development on The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Thankfully Skybound Games swooped in and saved the last two episodes of the series.

In an interview with Telltale's creative director Kent Mudle, we learn that the final episodes in The Final Season went ahead just as Telltale originally planned them to.

Well at the time of Telltale's closing down, Episode 3 had just hit sort of the middle point of development, which was funnily referred to as the ratings milestone--meaning all the voicework had been recorded and all the visuals were in sort of a rough state. So Episode 3 really just kind of had to get finished and just get a normal series of edits along with some nips and tucks anyway. Episode 4 had already had its first round of voicework recorded. So the first draft of the episode was written and recorded and like very base level like visual stuff had been done.

Thankfully before Telltale shut down, we already had talked, you know we work with Skybound editorial to get feedback from them and we already were aligned on what the plan was going to be to finish the thing. Though we did some revisions and some minor adjustments, it was exactly as it would have been had Telltale not exploded, really. And it was a testament to Skybound for letting us do our own vision without trying to like meddle with it in any way except for giving us feedback. But it was exactly what we envisioned and we'd all agree with Skybound to do even before Telltale shut down.

The voice of Clementine in The Walking Dead's talks about becoming the series' lead, and the 'amazing dream' of voicing the character

A job very, very well done

Melissa Hutchison is the voice actor behind Clementine, the star of The Walking Dead game series. Clementine is definitely the character fans most associate with the series, but according to Hutchinson, her role in the games almost stopped with the first season.

“The creatives didn’t even have [Clementine being the series protagonist] in mind. I don’t even know if they intended to do a second season.”

When the first season wrapped, all sorts of praise came in for Clementine as a character, and that obviously included Hutchison's work. The response blew Telltale away, and they realized that they had to tell more of Clementine's story going forward.

Now with the series wrapped, Hutchison wants to make sure she recognizes how amazing it has been to be a part of the experience.

“I don’t ever want to say there will never be an experience like this again...because games are so cinematic now and there are many options [for an actress] for that kind of character growth. But you know, it’s been such an amazing experience. The whole experience feels almost like an amazing dream…”

Skybound Games' CEO talks about the sense of relief felt from wrapping up The Walking Dead: The Final Season

My darling Clementine

There was a time when The Walking Dead: The Final Season simply wasn't going to happen. When Telltale fell apart, the remaining episodes in the series were left in limbo. Thankfully Skybound Games swooped in to fix things, but it was no easy task. In an interview with Venturebeat, Skybound Games' CEO Ian Howe talks about how it feels to get things finished.

Definitely a sense of relief that we managed to get that online. It’s been a great project to work on. The development team has been incredible, just completely determined to get this story finished. We did a small part of making that happen, but ultimately the credit should go to those guys for coming straight back after a two-month break, when they didn’t know what was happening. To come back in and deliver the final episodes the way they did—I don’t think we could have reasonably asked for more than they delivered.

I believe we were down through clearing legal issues and things for exactly two months. Then our release date was two months and two weeks past the original release date. It would have been exactly the day, but we chose to move the date back a couple of weeks for various reasons. We really lost no time at all, other than the time the team wasn’t able to work. For them to come back straightaway, that’s a testament to their abilities. I had nothing to do with that. [Laughs]

'Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season' Concludes Today

The end of an era

March 26, 2019 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The fourth and final episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON, titled TAKE US BACK, is now available for PC via the Epic Games Store, as well as Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. Visit Skybound.com for more information, and view the launch trailer for TAKE US BACK here.

After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine’s chance for a home in THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON. Clementine has become a leader while watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In the aftermath of an explosive plan to save her friends, Clementine must now lead her flock of lost children back home. A herd of walkers, the vengeful raiders, and AJ’s troubled mind all stand in her way. Can she be the savior they need her to be?

Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment and the home of The Walking Dead comics, picked up development of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD after the closure of Telltale in late 2018. In order to finish the remaining two unreleased episodes for fans, original members of the development team, formerly of Telltale and now known as the Still Not Bitten team, joined forces with Skybound Games.

“It’s been an amazing experience working with the Still Not Bitten team to finish the final two episodes of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD for fans,” said Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe. “I’d like to thank the team for their dedication to completing Clementine’s story, and the fans for embracing Skybound Games as we worked to help bring closure to a story near-and-dear to so many.”

To date, TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD has sold millions of episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards, and has also received two BAFTA Video Game Awards for Best Story.

THE FINAL SEASON (Episodes 1-4) is available digitally on each of the above platforms for $19.99. Physical boxed editions of THE FINAL SEASON for consoles are also out now at major retailers, including on the Skybound Shop ($29.99 for PS4 and Xbox One; $39.99 for Nintendo Switch). Those that previously purchased a Season Pass will automatically receive Episode 4.

The Walking Dead series creator says goodbye to the The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Dead man walking

The Walking Dead: The Final Season is set to wrap things up on March 26th, 2019. This is an end to the game series that many thought would never happen after Telltale fell apart. Thankfully, Skybound Entertainment swooped in to save the day and finish the series up.

With the multi-episode series coming to a close next week, none other than The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman shared some kind words in the most recent issue of The Walking Dead comic book.

“The Telltale game has been a real source of pride at Skybound for a number of years at this point. It’s bittersweet to see it nearing its conclusion, but also rewarding to have gone on this journey and being able to step in and ensure it gets wrapped up properly. I hope you all enjoy it!”

That was followed up by some words from Skybound Entertainment Senior Vice-President/Editor-in-Chief Sean Mackiewicz.

“The FINAL episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be released on whatever system you play your brain-rotting video games. A lot of talented folks put a LOT of effort into making this episode, bringing the season (and series overall) to a heartbreaking close... so please let us know what you think. There’s a ton of action to enjoy in this installment, so much you’ll never notice all the awful things about to happen to Clem, AJ and company... #StillNotBitten (for now).”

Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season Concludes March 26th, 2019

Dead and loving it

Skybound Games released today a new trailer for the upcoming last episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON, titled TAKE US BACK. This highly anticipated ending will officially launch digitally on PC in the Epic Games Store, as well as on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, on Tuesday, March 26. Physical boxed editions of THE FINAL SEASON (containing all four episodes) will also arrive for consoles on March 26 and are available to pre-order now at major retailers.

It’s time for the end. After years of fighting to survive, Clementine is now leader of a community of lost children, and they’re depending on her to get them home safe. In the aftermath of an explosive mission, fire, chaos, the living and the dead all stand in her way. Can Clementine be the savior they need? Her story comes to a dramatic and heart-wrenching climax in this final episode. The night will be over soon…

'Telltale’s The Walking Dead The Final Season' Collector’s Pack Now Available for Pre-Order

With Telltale's The Walking Dead The Final Season coming to a close this March (Episode 4 releases March 26th), we’ve been working on something special—an exclusive Collector’s Pack that includes a boxed edition of the entire Final Season (for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PS4) as well as two special items only available in this Collector’s Pack on Skybound.com:

AJ Pin from Yesterdays: Wear AJ as your badge of honor with this custom enamel pin.
AJ Figure: Keep AJ close with this 4” stylized, full color vinyl figure.
Both items will be packaged in a custom gift box, along with your copy of The Final Season, and shipped to your doorstep. Quantities are extremely limited - so don’t wait!

If you are a Skybound Insider, pre-orders open today here (https://store.skybound.com/products/telltales-the-walking-dead-season-4-collectors-edition). If not, well you can sign up to become a Skybound Insider here (https://accounts.skybound.com/web/register/register.php), or check back tomorrow when pre-orders open for the non-Insiders among you.

THIS PRE-ORDER PERIOD IS THE ONLY TIME YOU CAN ORDER THIS COLLECTOR’S EDITION. ORDERS CLOSE MARCH 17TH (or while supplies last) SO ORDER NOW BEFORE THIS COLLECTOR’S PACK IS GONE FOREVER.

But seriously, sign up to be an Insider—you’ll get discounts on awesome stuff and exclusive access to Skybound content and more.

'The Walking Dead: The Final Season' Ep. 4 & Boxed Edition Coming March 26th, 2019

Feb. 4, 2019 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – It’s hard to believe Clem's journey is coming to an end. Just like you, we’re struggling to grasp the fact that the journey is almost over. But we're so ready and thankful to have all of you alongside us as the story comes to a dramatic close. As you play through "Broken Toys," the recently released third episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season, we’re preparing for the concluding episode of the series with some news to share...

We’re excited to announce that when Episode 4, "Take Us Back," launches on March 26, we’ll be releasing a physical boxed edition that includes the entirety of The Walking Dead: The Final Season for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™. This version will be available at all major retailers, including in the Skybound Shop. For fans looking for a great gift to give, or to actually hold the final chapters o f Clem’s story in your hands, you'll soon have that chance!

Will you be at PAX East in Boston, March 28-31? Be sure to swing by the Skybound Games booth to meet our team—we can reminisce on Clem's journey in person, and you can purchase your boxed copy of The Walking Dead: The Final Season right there at the booth!

As always, stay tuned to our website and social channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for more news about The Walking Dead: The Final Season (we've got something juicy coming up later this month!).

Ep. 3 of 'Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season' Out Now

January 15, 2019 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The third episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON, titled "BROKEN TOYS," is now available for purchase on PC in the Epic Games store, as well as for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One. Visit Skybound.com for more details, and view the latest trailer for "BROKEN TOYS" here.

After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine’s chance for a home in THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In EPISODE THREE: "BROKEN TOYS," Clementine is going to war. With the help of a strange new ally, she makes a final stand against a ghost from her past to save her kidnapped friends. All the while, AJ is watching her every move. "BROKEN TOYS" brings fans of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD one step closer to the gripping and emotional end to Clementine’s story.

Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment and the original creators of The Walking Dead comics, picked up development of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD after the closure of Telltale in late 2018. In order to finish the remaining two unreleased episodes for fans, original members of the development team, formerly of Telltale and now known as the #stillnotbitten team, joined forces with Skybound Games. "BROKEN TOYS" is the first episode to be released by this new team, under the Skybound Games banner.

“The developers who worked on TELLTALE'S THE WALKING DEAD while at Telltale and then agreed to sign on with us to finish it have done an outstanding job. We’re excited to share the continued journey of Clem with our very deserving fans,” said Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe.

The concluding fourth episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON releases on March 26, 2019. Fans interested should stay tuned via Skybound Games’ Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as www.skybound.com.

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