E3 2013 Preview: The Walking Dead: 400 Days
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) can be a maddening and soul deadening experience, thanks to the sea of media, gamers, and industry folk who inhabit the Los Angeles Convention Center. Being a middle-aged gamer who still yearns for his Atari days, I prefer quiet sit downs with developers and publicity reps as they discuss their latest offerings. With that in mind, I was more than happy to check out The Walking Dead: 400 Days, the highly anticipated downloadable content from the The Walking Dead: Season One.
Telltale Games had its own conference room at E3, and senior director of marketing Richard Iggo showed us the DLC’s trailer and played through the journey of Vince, one of the five characters featured in the installment. Each of these stories are interconnected, and Iggo added that a few of these characters may actually pop up in season two.
Since a huge strength of The Walking Dead rests on its narrative, giving out specific details of Vince’s storyline would ruin its surprise element. The opening photo, however, gives enough clues to give you a solid grasp on what’s about to transpire. Vince is a criminal in a bus filled with several other baddies, and unfortunately they’ve made a pit stop into undead territory. If dialogue and decision making is what you crave, Vince has his share of exchanges with his fellow inmates, and towards the end of his sequence he must make a pivotal choice to ensure his survival.
After the presentation, we had a few minutes to talk with Iggo about 400 Days, and he explained the reason why all of the narratives are set around a Georgia truck stop. “It kind of allows the location to kind of tell the story, which I think is really interesting” said Iggo. “It presents it with new opportunities that we had before with Season One and couldn’t force in there. It provides us this experience through the eyes of five different people of the apocalypse as it’s going on in this 400 day period.”
Priced at $4.99, The Walking Dead: 400 Days will be available in July for Mac, PC, iOS, Xbox LIVE, and PlayStation Network. Gamers must have Episode One of Season One to play the DLC.