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The Expanse: A Telltale Series Episode 1 Arriving July: Details

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The Expanse: A Telltale Series finally gets a release date. In a tweet, Telltale Games confirmed to developers that the first episode of the narrative space adventure will be released on July 27, across PC via the Epic Games Store, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. The remaining four episodes will drop gradually, each Two weeks, with the developer promising an “unprecedented” experience. Pre-orders are set to go live June 1 on all platforms, but unlike previous Telltale titles, there are multiple releases. The standard edition is priced at $39.99 (roughly Rs. 3,301), while the deluxe edition costs $44.99 (roughly Rs. 3,714) and promises some downloadable content in the future.

While the title is based on the eponymous Syfy/Amazon Prime Video series, Telltale Games has confirmed that players can dive right in without prior context. The Expanse: A Telltale Series was designed as a prequel, with star Cara Gee reprising the role of Camina Drummer, Belter’s chief of security at Tycho Station. You’ll be thrust into a murder mystery aboard the Artemis, forced to survive a mutiny, battle fearsome pirates, and scavenge wreckage in low-gravity areas using zero-gravity thrusters to float through space. It’s touted for the ‘largest, most immersive exploration’ seen in any Telltale game to date, with a gameplay trailer from last year revealing magnetic shoes to walk on metal walls.

As mentioned earlier, episodes will be released every two weeks – on a regular basis, unlike previous Telltale entries where you had to wait months for development to finish. There’s no word on what kind of DLC to expect from The Expanse: A Telltale Series, but pre-orders on PC and PlayStation will grant 24-hour early access. There may be some regional pricing in the game as well, so the above currency conversions may be invalid. We’ll have to wait and see. This will also be Telltale’s first new IP since its revival in 2019 by LCG Entertainment, following its bankruptcy that led to mass layoffs and cancellations of planned releases. It is being developed with the support of Deck Nine Games, famous for the Life is Strange spinoff games.

One of the larger projects in the pipeline was The Wolf Among Us 2, which was later announced at The Game Awards 2019. The game was originally planned for a 2023 release, but was pushed out of that window when the team switched from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5 for development. The title is set six months after the events of the first game, against the backdrop of wintry New York City, where protagonist Bigby Wolf leads an investigation into a new mystery involving Tim-Man and the Scarecrow from ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

The Expanse: The Telltale Series releases July 27, across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X.


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