Now that the series is effectively over, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series will package the entire series into one game bundle.
It seems almost odd that The Walking Dead: The Final Season has already come to a close. Clementine’s chapter and the legacy of Telltale Games as a studio closed with it, yet there are few out there in the graphic adventure game space who are trying to fill in the space that has since been left. I guess Skybound will have to keep tapping into that well until we’ve all moved on.
Announced earlier today, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series will be the only way to bundle all four seasons of Clementine’s story plus The Walking Dead: Michonne in a physical package with digital bonuses. It will be available only on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One in September, with no mention of a Nintendo Switch version capable of stuffing 23 episodes into one bundle.
While it is possible to download these seasons separately, you can only get The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series across a number of expensive collector’s edition packages. The cheapest is the $99.99 USD Protector Pack which comes with the Ericson shirt, Kenny’s ball cap, Disco Brocolli plush, Clementine nesting dolls, Clem and Lee pins and the physical game collection.
However, the next most expensive bundle is the Guardian Pack at $249.99 USD, containing the previous items, a box with gold stamped Still Not Bitten team signatures, a Clementine and Lee statue depicting season 4 art and an art print from a Skybound graphic novel artist. Finally, a 100-only Signature Pack at $349.99 USD adds a hand-signed art print featuring Robert Kirkman, SNB team and VO artists’ signatures.
While the sentiment is certainly there for people for the fans, it’s hard not to feel a tad exploitative. Skybound is using the Telltale name to provide the second definitive Walking Dead collection just a year after their previous attempt, missing only this last season’s four episodes yet tying them to a more profitable collector’s set this time around.
Considering the state of Telltale’s departure from the game’s industry, it’s hard not to feel like Skybound is ringing every last dollar from the series after picking up the pieces in disarray. Let’s hope the disenfranchised employees who left for other projects get a fair slice of the profits from the exorbitant prices of these collections.