Telltales Games is announcing projects left right and center at the moment. The adventure video game company is currently four-fifths through its Game of Thrones series, while it also recently revealed it would partner up with Marvel to deliver a narrative-driven game.
Today, the word from Telltale at E3 is that they are also expanding on their Walking Dead video game franchise. According to an announcement made on Youtube, Telltale will release a three-episode spin-off game centered on the character of Michonne.
The game, which, like their predecessors, is based on the comic-book and not the television iteration of the character, will reveal what has occurred to Michonne during her absence in issues 126 to 139 of the graphic novel series. The Walking Dead writer and creator, Robert Kirkman outlined more of what we can expect:
"In many ways, Michonne herself is a reflection of the world of The Walking Dead. She is brutal and cold on the outside, but deep beneath what is broken, she remains hopeful, trying to claw her way out of the darkness that surrounds her. In our effort to bring the world of the comic and the world of the Telltale series closer together, there is no greater character than Michonne to help bridge that gap."
This marks a bit of a change for the Telltale Walking Dead games. The original two seasons of the franchise were mostly based around newly created characters, although comic-book characters did occasionally dip in and out. This will be the first time a Walking Dead Telltale game is primarily focused on an established character. Furthermore, Telltale's announcement also seemed to suggest notable comic-book characters will also make an appearance, stating:
"Players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group...and what brought her back."
Personally, I thought the original Walking Dead games were so effective primarily because the main characters acted as unknown vessels which you could imbue with your own personality and sense of morals. Playing as Michonne could perhaps adjust this dynamic a bit, as we already know what kind of woman she is. This is not to suggest the game will be inferior, but it might certainly be different.
In order to play The Walking Dead: Michonne, players will have to own at least the first episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 2. It will release this fall on Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One PC, iOS, and Android.