According to an interview on Red Bull's UK website, Telltale Games is going to let you import your saved games into the next season of The Walking Dead game. That's a lot of information to process right there.
First off, since when did Red Bull start covering video games? It seems that dropping people from the stratosphere wasn't enough, eh? But the interview is getting at something interesting that's happening with games right now. While there's nothing really all that new with the idea of importing saved games, it's the context of this news that makes it interesting.
The context being, in this case, the idea of treating episodic gaming like literal episodes of a show. Referring to the "next season" of a game -- that's what is really kind of new here. And it seems to be working big time. It also doesn't hurt that The Walking Dead has a big brother to help model this new kind of strategy after.
According to Telltale's CEO Dan Connors:
Right now we are 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. Coming from LucasArts we always felt we could do a great Star Wars story game. We also love the idea of building out a deeper story to a great game franchise, something like Half Life Stories or Halo Stories.
Interesting that Connors should reference Half Life there, since Valve is one of the first to really expand upon the idea of game installments in episode form (now cue the belly aching about when in God's name we are going to see Episode Three). But it makes sense for something like The Walking Dead series, which is very interested in building a connected world of characters and events.
As to what specifically will be carried over? Well, it's hard to speculate too much without spoiling the events of the first season. But that's what they are trying to figure out now. And if down the road Connors wants to take up the charge and fill out the Half Life universe with more content ... well, we are confident that we speak for pretty much everyone by saying - go for it!