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First Walking Dead trailer shambles out

It liiiiiives! I'm talking about the first trailer for Telltale's upcoming The Walking Dead, of course, which was released today along with the first concrete information about the upcoming zombie series.

Set in the same world as Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic book series, Telltale's The Walking Dead stars Lee Everett, a convicted criminal who has "been given a chance for redemption in a world devastated by the undead. Players will experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead offers a tailored game experience – player actions, choices and decisions affect how the story plays out across the entire series."

Kirkman notes that The Walking Dead is not a traditional zombie horror, focusing instead of "how people caught in an apocalypse deal with facing their own death every day, and the horrible choices they have to make to survive." That said, the first trailer has plenty of blood-spilling carnage and terror, suggesting the game has earned its "Mature" rating entirely on merit.

The best news of all is that we don't have much longer to wait for the series to arrive. Beginning in late April, the five-part episodic series will release monthly on PC and Mac as part of a full season purchase for $24.99 directly from Telltale (pre-order special currently in effect). The series will also appear on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network for 400 Microsoft points and $4.99 per episode, respectively.

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