In the surprise of the day, those waiting for the second episode of Telltale Games‘ The Walking Dead: The Game series will be happy to know the game is set for release…this week!  Entitled Episode 2: Starving for Help, players can soon continue the tale of escaped convict Lee Everett that runs parallel to the events of the comic series.

Xbox 360 players will be able to get their hands on the second episode as soon as today, June 27.  PC and PlayStation 3 owners will be able to join in the terrors of a zombie apocalypse on Friday, June 29.  Both these dates are internationally applicable, save for PS3 players in Europe; they will receive their release date soon.

Having shown the episode at E3 and discussed it back in May, the team at Telltale has been shooting for a vague “June” release date.  With this debut they just make it on time and avoid the hordes of fans who would have attacked like a pack of virtual zombies otherwise.  Telltale cites the need to wait “until all of their platform partners confirmed their publishing schedules” before announcing these dates, hence the minuscule lead time.

Regardless, fans of the well-revered comics and the less beloved TV show can enjoy the second episode of the promising series this week.  And if you missed the first episode, check out our review and find out why you’ll want to jump in as soon as possible.

via [IGN]