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The Walking Dead: The Final Season launches in August

The fourth and last installment of Telltale’s series completes Clementine’s story

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season, the fourth and final chapter in Telltale’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic book franchise, will launch Aug. 14 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

In its announcement this morning, Telltale said The Final Season would “see Clementine’s journey through to the end.” A.J., the infant she adopted in the second season, will accompany her, and learn from the choices the player makes with Clementine.

Telltale’s summary of The Final Season is:

Clementine, now a fierce and capable survivor, has reached the final chapter in her journey. After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be her chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over A.J., an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In this gripping, emotional final season, you will define your relationships, fight the undead, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season will also feature an over-the-shoulder camera perspective, giving players “greater freedom to explore detailed environments.” Telltale also promised “scenes with unscripted combat,” and a new visual style that supports 4K resolution and HDR monitors.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead premiered in 2012; the five-episode first season won rave reviews for a gripping story that packed an emotional punch and meaningful consequences for the player’s choices. It was Polygon’s Game of the Year for 2012 and was also named Game of the Year at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards.

That was followed by the 2013 spinoff 400 Days, which explored side chapters contemporaneous with the events of the first season. Season Two launched in late 2013, followed by a three-episode Michonne in 2016, centering on the fan-favorite character from the comic books. Season Three: A New Frontier premiered later that year and introduced Javier, a new playable character, to the main series.

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