Avanquest Software has announced that it will exclusively handle UK retail distribution of Telltale Games’ award-winning The Walking Dead on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and on PC.
Previously only available as a digital download in the UK, this new retail release compiles all 5 episodes of the game series on one disc and is set to launch on May 10th.
The Walking Dead has earned Game of the Year honours from over 80 media outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, E! Online, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, and GamesRadar, and recently won the BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.
Simon Reynolds, European Games Director of Avanquest Software says “We are delighted to have secured the distribution agreement for The Walking Dead, in what will be our first ever games release for PS3 and Xbox 360. To be working with such a high-profile, award-winning game is a huge achievement and testament to our growing reputation as one of the UK’s leading games publishers. We’ve had hugely positive feedback from retailers and expect to see great support for the product”.
Shane Dodson of U&I Entertainment who represent Telltale Games commented “We partnered with Avanquest on The Walking Dead due to their strong retail reach and proven ability to work titles hard throughout their full life cycle”.
The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series. In events that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, players take on the role of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. The Walking Dead offers an emotionally-charged game experience, where a player's actions and choices affect how their story plays out.
The Walking Dead is rated '18' for 'extreme violence, violence towards defenceless people and strong language' by PEGI.
The Walking Dead is also available to download for Macintosh Computers from the Telltale Online Store and other digital outlets and is available for compatible iOS devices from the App Store.
For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead , Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit www.Skybound.com.
Developer and Publisher: Telltale Games
Distributor: Avanquest Software Publishing
Release date: May 10th
PEGI Rating: 18
Formats: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
SRP: £29.99 on PS3 & Xbox, £19.99 on PC
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading independent developer and publisher of games for every major gaming platform and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By developing games as series and successfully releasing on a schedule, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale has sold more than 5 million episodes since 2005. Telltale's reputation for quality has been established across more than 25 published releases, winning numerous awards including, "Adventure Game of the Year" accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers. Telltale has also been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times and Variety. Telltale is a fully licensed third party publisher on Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3, and Wii and also publishes games on the PC, Mac, and Apple iOS platforms. For more information visit www.telltalegames.com.
About Avanquest Software
Avanquest Software is one of the UK’s leading publishers of Nintendo DS, 3DS and PC casual games, as well as a range of best-selling PC titles aimed at home and small business customers. Our portfolio of over 400 titles features some of the UK’s leading brands and games franchises, many of which regularly feature in the charts. For more information please visit www.avanquest.co.uk
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