With AMC’s The Walking Dead headed into its sixth season this fall, and a spin-off series — saddled with the goofy name Fear the Walking Dead — launching this summer, the cable zombie drama is bigger than ever. The infectious legacy of Robert Kirkman’s Image comic books has also spread into the gaming world, with Telltale’s episodic Walking Dead series a critical and popular hit after two “seasons.”
Not everything stamped with the name of The Walking Dead has worked quite so well, however. The 2013 first-person shooter The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct was a dud in spite of giving gamers the chance to play fan-favorite crossbow wielder Daryl Dixon (played on the show and in the game by Norman Reedus).
However, there’s been another Walking Dead game on the horizon for a while now, a mysterious project from Payday 2 developer Overkill Software, but specifics about the project have been few and far between. That’s about to change.
Overkill’s secretive Walking Dead game was first announced at Gamescom 2014, with few accompanying details other than the bloody trailer below. Now both the curious and the morbidly curious will finally get the chance to see what this newest foray into the world of The Walking Dead is all about. Overkill has confirmed to Game Informer that they will be showing off their Walking Dead title at E3 2015, which will unfold in Los Angeles from June 16 – 18.
In the meantime, there are a few things known about the game. According to the game’s official website, it’s a first-person shooter that will incorporate “elements of action, role-playing, survival horror and stealth.” Like Telltale’s games, it’s set in the world of the original comics, not that of the AMC TV series.
Co-op is definitely going to play a role, with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman himself claiming, “From day one on this project it’s been clear to me that this is the Walking Dead co-op action game fans have been waiting for.” So, definitely not Survival Instinct, then.
The trailer for Overkill’s game prominently features the tagline, “In 2016, Washington will fall,” so that would seem to peg the game’s location, as well as hint at where it falls during the Walking Dead timeline. If Overkill’s game will focus on Washington “falling,” that suggests it will occur during the early days of the zombie outbreak, as opposed to picking up once things have already fallen apart.
That’s a different approach from the TV series and the comic, both of which saw protagonist Rick Grimes awakening from a coma with the zombie apocalypse already well entrenched. If Overkill’s Walking Dead game is set during the initial outbreak, that will actually put it more in line with something like the World War Z movie, or the upcoming AMC spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, which is set in Los Angeles and will explore the origins of the walker plague.
Hopefully Overkill will have something substantial to show off at E3 in a few weeks. Dare we hope for a playable demo? Here’s hoping that it’s good, whatever it is. As excellent as Telltale’s games are, there’s still room for a more action-oriented take on the franchise, and fans deserve something solid to help burn the memory of Survival Instinct out of their braaaaaiiiiiinnnsss.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead is headed for PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime in 2016. The third season of Telltale’s Walking Dead series is also slated for a 2016 release.
Source: Game Informer