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Telltale Playing Dead with new behind-the-scenes video series

Zombie alert! Telltale's game version of The Walking Dead may still be off in the distance, but we'll have plenty of chance to see it coming, as a new behind-the-scenes video series called "Playing Dead" has been launched today on the official website.

Set during the same period as the award-winning comic book series by Robert Kirkman, the five-part episodic horror adventure doesn't feature Sheriff Rick Grimes, but rather focuses on "a new group of survivors as they struggle to flee the horror of Atlanta and the surrounding communities consumed by the undead" in the early days of the apocalypse. According to Telltale's FAQ blog, players will control Lee Everett, a man "convicted of a crime, but who is offered a chance at redemption…albeit in a world overtaken by walkers."

The nine-part "online talk show" video series is hosted by A.J. LoCascio, the remarkable Michael J. Fox soundalike as Marty McFly in Telltale's Back to the Future: The Game. The debut installment includes a lengthy interview with lead designers Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin. Future guests will include Kirkman himself, along with Gary Whitta, screenwriter for The Book of Eli and story consultant for the game.

Along with first video and the launch of the Walking Dead website, the first screenshots for the game have also been unveiled, demonstrating a much different look than previous Telltale games, with distinctive artwork inspired by original comic artist Charlie Adlard.

There is still no firm timetable for The Walking Dead, but the game is currently scheduled for release sometime this spring on "all major gaming platforms".

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