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If you're a dedicated PC or console gamer, odds are pretty good that you've at least heard of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games. It's an old-school adventure game with a coat of current-generation polish, set in the comic book universe that inspired the smash-hit AMC television series. And sometime later this year, it's coming to OUYA.

According to a post on Telltale's blog, all five episodes of The Walking Dead and the well-received DLC episode 400 Days will be coming to the little Android console that could this winter. Season 2 will be coming at some point as well. (This shouldn't be confused with The Walking Dead: Assault, an action game made exclusively for mobile platforms.) It's easily the biggest win for OUYA yet, and it's also a smart play on Telltale's part as well. The developer's games are generally pretty low-tech compared to AAA console titles, and the gameplay for The Walking Dead and their other adventure games is driven by decisions, not twitchy action. Neither Telltale nor OUYA are giving a precise date, and there's no word on pricing either. The PC and console version of the game retails for $25, so don't expect it to be cheap.

While this is big news for OUYA, I'm hoping (oh, how I'm hoping) that Telltale will take the initiative and release The Walking Dead to the Play Store at some point. Though the OUYA has sold like hotcakes, it's still a tiny minority of the Android userbase, even if you restrict the scope to users with relatively recent hardware who'd be willing to pay top dollar for a high-quality game. I'm sure OUYA has some sort of exclusive, but it would be extremely surprising if TWD didn't come to the Play Store eventually.

Telltale is a respected developer whose catalog is rich with beloved intellectual property and games that could be easily adapted for mobile players. If they decided to start developing for Android alongside PC and home consoles, it could be a watershed moment for Android gaming. Keep your fingers crossed.

Source: Telltale Games via Engadget

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • DrewNusser

    Awesome! That game is sweet. More titles like this and the OUYA could gain some traction.

  • Leonardo Baez

    will love to see other Tell a Tale games ported to android (Moneky Island for example)

    • beano311

      I would love to see them not port Monkey Island, but come out with the second season already. Also, Sam and Max would be nice and they ended Back to the Future on a cliff-hanger and it needs a second season.

      • Mr E

        +1 for more BttF!

  • discopig

    I love Walking Dead on PC, this will be great.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Didn't Telltale have an issue with Android's piracy rates and the diversity of hardware? It's strange they're releasing those games on the OUYA, so I guess it IS some kind of deal.

    • Matthew Fry

      Well there's less Android diversity than desktop diversity. And the tired argument of piracy is well.. tired. If you need to connect to the Internet *very occasionally* to verify your expensive software is validly installed, that's what you've got to do. We may not like it, but we'll definitely take it over nothing.

      • rubejb

        Nah, DRM/security checks don't stop piracy. The pirates will bypass it, so it only hurts the paying customers.

        • Matthew Fry

          I was about to say that the 3DS was piracy free but apparently they've just released a 3DS cart this month.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        I think Telltale had the biggest issue with how most Android devices are on the low/mid-range spectrum so they can't offer a consistent experience that's possible on iOS, though with so many S4's and Nexus 4's and HTC One's getting popular, I guess they can make some games.
        Piracy is something that will always exist, and a developer very nicely said lately that it shouldn't be a reason to not develop for a platform, something I hope other developers (at least those with enough resources) get inspired from.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    "We're not bringing it to Android because of piracy and time issues"...yeah, sure you are LazyTale =|

    As much as I love them as a company, I have to say they're not looking good in my eyes right now...how about a regular Android port aswell? And then maybe some of their other games...hell, point and click games play far better on touchscreen devices, there's no reason not to

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Yeah, point-and-click are THE best for touchscreens IMO. It's funny that developers of Broken Sword have been releasing on both platforms, but Telltale has excuses not to do that (even Epic had the same reasons, though for games like Infinity Blade). It's maddening really, as if piracy and hardware diversity isn't the same, or even greater, on the desktop. Sad.

      • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

        Well, I think the saddest thing is that eventually it'll be hacked to work on regular Android phones and tablets and then it'll be pirated to hell...I really hope they do the sensible thing and just release it like they should for general-Android devices aswell

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  • http://www.baplm.blogspot.ro/ Baplm.blogspot.ro

    :) Piracy? And? That's everywhere! Rockstar Games didn't stop developing and did this Tell a Tale games? ^.^ Pathetic!