Telltale explores the dark recesses of an already dark universe next month, when the first of five monthly installments of The Walking Dead hit PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation 3.

That's right, no staggered release for this Telltale epic. The Walking Dead is officially a thing, creator Robert Kirkman officially looks cuddly, and players on four different platforms will soon be exploring the stories that exist in the periphery of the comic continuity.

Each of the five episodes will be priced at $4.99 (400 Microsoft points), with a pre-order "season pass" available in Telltale's online store for $22.49, with each pass purchase signing fans up for a chance to win a cameo as a killable character in the fourth episode.

Mostly I just wanted to point out the gameplay footage in this first trailer, featuring a style much closer to the original comic than any live-action television show could get.