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If you're still not sold on the final season of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, an appetizer has been made available in the form of a playable demo, available now on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. It includes the game's opening sequence, where you'll get to check out the new combat, camera system, and art style.
Rather than stick with what has worked for the past four seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as many, many other Telltale games over the past half-dozen years, the developer has made the bold choice to roll out their brand new game engine with this final collection of chapters set in the world of the shambling undead. That has understandably caused concern for some folks, which is probably why Telltale has decided to make a demo available. That's a nice move on their part, even if I'm not sure it was entirely necessary. I mean, even if you were worried about a new coat of paint and some new mechanics in the series, you probably won't skip the final season after sticking with The Walking Dead for so many years, right?
Still, it'll be nice to get an early peek at what The Final Season has in store and, assuming everything has turned out dandy, it could wind up producing some positive buzz for the game right before its official launch. Speaking of which, that launch is set for Aug. 14 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC so, even if you don't need the demo to tide you over, you've only got a couple more weeks to wait until Clementine and her pals go on their final adventure.
You may have noticed the Nintendo Switch was not listed as one of the game's launch consoles. That's because a Switch version is not quite ready for prime time and will be out later this year. No launch window had been provided outside of that, though.
If you check out the demo and decide you're ready to roll, you can pre-order The Final Season now for $19.99. That'll get you Chapter One when it becomes available on Aug. 14, and the remaining three chapters will be available for download at no extra cost as they become available. If Telltale sticks to their usual schedule, we figure that will be about one chapter per month until the story is complete.
If you're looking to get caught up on the series, then Telltale is offering a pre-order bonus that's actually worth your time. If you reserve the game early on the PS4 or Xbox One, you'll get every other season of the game, all 19 existing episodes, free of charge. That's a pretty great deal and also important since your decisions through those games can have an impact on what goes down during The Final Season.