The Walking Dead‘s multi-platform adventure game is expected to be submitted for approval on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this week, Telltale Games co-founder and CEO Dan Connors revealed in an interview with Digital Trends at the 2012 Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco last week. The process is expected to take around six weeks, and the release ought to follow shortly after that.
Bear in mind that these certification processes are never exact, so the wait could be longer. Note that Connors did tell me during the interview that the hope is to get the game out soon, to capitalize on the popularity of the TV show’s second season, which ends next week on March 18. An April or May release for episode one of the upcoming game seems likely. This also might only apply to the XBLA and PSN releases; Connors said nothing about about release plans for other platforms.
In related news, Connors also offered me an update on the progress of Telltale’s work on an adventure game adaptation of Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. It’s still very much happening and it’s actually a lot further along than you might think. The recent focus of Telltale’s press campaigning has not surprisingly been on The Walking Dead, but we’ll be seeing Fables very soon. In fact, the plan is to launch the game this year in Q3.
Expect to see Fables makes its first appearance at or around E3, with another look to follow, appropriately enough, at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Connors told me that there’s still some question as to what the title will be, as Fables fall close to a certain other, familiar franchise. The developer set Fables for a Q1 2012 release in an announcement early last year (via Joystiq), but it seems that those plans have changed.
Stay tuned for my full interview with Connors later this week, as well as continuing updates and reports from the Digital Trends GDC 2012 team.