While a segment of the hardcore gaming population likes to rag on Telltale Games for the ways in which they deliver their episodic gameplay, it’s a game’s storytelling capabilities that keep me interested in the long run. And Telltale has been keeping point-and-click games extremely interesting for years, especially with licensed properties like Back to the Future that wouldn’t otherwise be offered to gamers. They may have hit their new pinnacle with last year’s morality-challenger The Walking Dead. The overwhelmingly positive response got a follow-up season in the works almost immediately. But before that even, Telltale is giving fans a gnarly, bleeding bite-sized bonus episode called The Walking Dead: 400 Days.
400 Days has been hinted at for months. The game put together and action-packed trailer for this year’s E3 2013 conference. The game will cost a wallet-burning $4.99, and will appear as DLC on all of the platforms that the original game is playable on, but you must first have played the first episode in order to download it. And why wouldn’t you want to? The first game’s unique style of mixing difficult choices and mini-scares just begged to be expanded into different settings with different characters.
400 Days will follow the first 400 days of the apocalypse, as told through the eyes of five different characters named Wyatt, Shel, Bonnie, Russell, and Vince. Each person gets their own short story taking place on a different day, but they’re all centered around a Georgia truck stop and horrifying situations. I hope none of those situations include cleaning the truck stop bathroom.
Given the amount of guns and cars in the trailer, it looks like some tense decision-making will be in my future. My decisions usually involve killing people who piss me off, and bros before hoes, unless hoes have a weapon.
400 Days will be available this summer, just when the bodies are at their ripest. Check out the character-based Vine videos and screencaps below.