The first two episodes of Telltale Games’ third season of The Walking Dead, titled A New Frontier, will be released simultaneously when the season premieres on December 20.
Telltale revealed the dual-episode premiere during The Game Awards with an extended look at the first episode’s opening. The new look at season 3 revealed the introduction of the new character Javier, who was first announced as a playable character when the season was spotlighted at E3 2016. The season will also star returning protagonist Clementine.
Telltale also revealed in an accompanying press release that season 3 will serve as both a fresh chance for newcomers to jump into the series while also ensuring players of the last two seasons will see their previous choices impact the story to come. The season will be “tailored” as a new beginning for those starting with season 3, while Telltale promises seasoned players “will have multiple options for quickly configuring their tailored backstory” when importing saves from previous seasons. Telltale will be offering more details on the save features for season 3 in the days to come.
Episodes 1 and 2 will be available on December 20 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS, and Android, and a season pass will also be made available for $24.99.
A New Frontier will also be available in physical form, when on February 7, 2017, Telltale will release a Season Pass disc containing the first and second episodes, with access to the future episodes as they’re released. The disc will be available for Xbox One and PS4 for $29.99 and is currently available for pre-order.
This is the third full season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, following the IGN Game of the Year-nominated first season in 2012 and second season in 2013. Telltale also released a one-off episode titled The 400 Days in 2013, and a spinoff miniseries focused on Michonne earlier this year.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.