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Walking Dead’s new season skips PS3 and 360 — and that could mean trouble for old save files

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Make sure you still have those old consoles lying around

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier character art Telltale Games

cThe third season of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series, A New Frontier, won’t launch on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Telltale Games announced on its website. That may not surprise newcomers to the series, but anyone who finished the earlier seasons on those older consoles may need to start digging them out.

That’s because importing saves from Season Two of The Walking Dead requires downloading a patch, which will then allow players to upload their files and bring them over to modern hardware. If they played the second season on PS3 or 360, they’ll have to plug those consoles back in to patch their games and get access to their old saves.

They’ll also need to have a Telltale account, which they’ll be able to upload their save files to and then download onto a new device. There’s a handy diagram from Telltale that simplifies this process:

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Once starting A New Frontier, an option to import old saves from a Telltale Account will appear. In short, it’s a bit of a convoluted process, made more so by requiring players to plug in their last-gen systems.

Since Telltale games are heavily dependent on players’ choices and have continuing storylines, carrying old saves over can be important to those who want the full experience. A New Frontier arrives on most current-gen consoles (like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) with a two-part premiere on Dec. 20.