Why is Nobody Talking About The Walking Dead Anymore?
Last year it seemed like The Walking Dead was the game on everyone’s lips. TellTale’s ability to craft a story that resonated in the emotions of its players catapulted them into the spotlight. Game of the Year awards were won, mass praise was achieved, and a loyal fanbase was formed. Arguably, the game even managed to best the TV show of the same name. In all, TellTale had a true hit on their hands. Fast-forward to 2013 and the first season of The Walking Dead games is over after enjoying a run of strong critical acclaim, and thus the next entry has subsequently landed, titled 400 Days.
After all the success and praise, you’d be forgiven for assuming that a new entry would be one of the hottest topics in video game circles, but it’s not worked out that way. The release of 400 Days came very sudden, with little to no build up pre-launch. It could be seen as a clever way to handle the expectations people have of the franchise–a low-key release unburdened by hype. On the flip side, no one seems to be fussed about the release from what I’ve seen across the internet.
Perhaps the gap between Season One and 400 Days was too short. Perhaps The Walking Dead as a brand is becoming less appealing. Or maybe people are finally getting sick of zombies? Different reasons can apply to different people, but the drop in interest for the franchise is staggering to behold. Focusing on multiple characters and stories takes away one of the key elements of the first season: the building of bonds and friendships between characters. And maybe 400 Days‘ new approach to how the stories are told is the reason why people aren’t as excited about The Walking Dead as they once were.
400 Days finds itself being sandwiched between a glorious first season and the calm before the storm that will undoubtedly be Season Two. Perhaps this is the real reason why people don’t seem to be all that fussed about 400 Days–they see it as filler, a way to bridge the gap between Season One and Two, a means to remind everyone that the franchise is still alive and kicking. 400 Days may act like a taster of things to come, but the lull around the game has still been surprising given the successful year The Walking Dead just had.