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Session Name: The Walking Dead: Crafting a Stylized World for the Mature Franchise
Speaker(s): Jonathon Banks
Company Name(s): Telltale Games
Track / Format: Visual Arts

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Overview: Since Telltale Games is known for its stylized and colorful adventure games, creating appealing art for a mature franchise like The Walking Dead was a difficult task. Most post-apocalyptic zombie titles on the market are realistic, gritty, and desaturated. Telltale's approach was to create an artistically stylized world that provided a fresh perspective on a successful franchise. By merging the look of the comic with Telltale's familiar illustrative style, the studio created a visually striking game that appeals to devoted adventure gamers, comic enthusiasts, and hardcore zombie fans.

GDC 2013

Jonathon Banks

Telltale Games

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts