The Walking Dead game from Telltale Games has become a worldwide phenomenon, with the episodic adventure based on the hit series being many people’s game of the year for 2012. The game is currently available on many formats including Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone and Android, with perhaps the handheld versions gaining the most attention. Bearing that in mind, the announcement of a Vita release can only be a good thing.
The news of a Vita version of the game was released by IGN, who interviewed PlayStation’s Director of Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation Don Mesa. Mesa commented; “Having [a studio] like Telltale, a very successful indie developer, coming in to support us sends a strong message.” He then went on to discuss the ways the series could thrive on the vita system. “Again, a good example is with The Walking Dead. We think that the emotion and the immersive experiences you’re going to get there, wherever you’re sitting, if you’re in your living room and playing on your Vita or sitting at a café or at the bus stop and playing this, you get that shock or fright. I think that’s going to be important. That’s what we want to deliver as you’re playing.”
No news yet on whether the Vita version of The Walking Dead will be released episodically or as a standalone game, or on pricing. It is certainly great news however that the PlayStation handheld is soon to play host to deeper experiences like this and Final Fantasy X HD, as Persona 4: Golden has proven a great success. The question remains though, is there still a market out there for this game who haven’t already experienced the story of Lee and Clementine?