About ten years ago The Walking Dead was just a comic book created by Robert Kirkman. No doubt it was a beloved piece of graphic novel history, and one that had amassed a huge fan base, but The Walking Dead is now is much, much bigger.
Now, The Walking Dead is a brand. Its AMC TV series adaptation is easily one of the most successful shows around and Telltale Games’ episodic game series is an award-winning and critically lauded triumph.
But because The Walking Dead started first as a comic book, there are so many places left for media adaptations to go. Take Overkill Software’s The Walking Dead, for example; yet another video game adaptation, only this time focused on Kirkman’s graphic novel.
The Walking Dead was first announced back in August of this year with a static trailer (seen above). In it, we hear a small girl pleading for her life as zombies shamble closer and closer. It was without question an intriguing teaser, but the lack of footage brought up many questions.
While we are no closer to answering those questions, we do know that The Walking Dead will be positioned as a current-gen release. Developer Overkill (Payday 2) has also sought out the help of publisher 505 Games in order to bring the game to PC, PS4, and Xbox One while Overkill’s parent company, Starbreeze, pays a $10 million in licensing fees to Skybound Entertainment. Skybound is a name fans have likely seen on tons of The Walking Dead media, as they are the folks who publish Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel series.
So the game has a publisher, a developer, intended platforms, and a release window of 2016, but we still don’t know anything about The Walking Dead’s approach. Obtaining the license from Skybound suggests this might be the first game to follow the storyline of the comics, but that’s just speculation at this point.
Strangely enough, though, if this game does follow the comics it would likely be the first true adaptation in media. AMC’s TV series (and the terrible The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct) and Telltale’s games are loosely based on that world, but have cut their own paths as they have gone on.
Are you interested in yet another Walking Dead game? How do you feel about the team behind Payday working on the game?
The Walking Dead is targeting a 2015 release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.