The Walking Dead franchise hasn't had the best luck when it comes to video games. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct was eviscerated by critics and shrugged off as shovelware, Telltale's The Walking Dead almost didn't even get an ending, and Overkill's The Walking Dead was canned after years in development. Regardless, the franchise's popularity ensures that video games based on it will consistently be released, and the latest is a virtual reality horror game called The Walking Dead: Onslaught.
The Walking Dead: Onslaught is a VR game where players will be able to take on the role of their "favorite survivors" from the TV show. Based on the trailer, it's safe to assume that Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, and Michonne will be included in the lineup of playable survivors. The game will feature "real-motion melee and ranged combat," as well as a full campaign mode with an original story, player progression, and more.
So far, no platforms have been announced for The Walking Dead: Onslaught. Considering this, it's unclear exactly which virtual reality headsets will actually support the game when it launches later this year, but more information should come in the months leading up to launch.
While The Walking Dead: Onslaught may sound appealing on paper, fans may be hesitant to get too excited about it. As previously mentioned, The Walking Dead franchise has had a tumultuous relationship with video games, and that has resulted in far more lackluster titles than high quality ones.
Having said that, The Walking Dead does seem to be a property that would lend itself well to virtual reality. This should allow the game to at least feel different than the other Walking Dead titles that have come before, and perhaps it will be compelling enough to keep players interested for the long-term - something that The Walking Dead: Our World augmented reality game has somewhat struggled to do.
Whether or not The Walking Dead: Onslaught serves as the first truly great Walking Dead game since Telltale's first couple of seasons remains to be seen. We'll have to see actual gameplay before making any judgment calls, so hopefully The Walking Dead: Onslaught gameplay footage comes sooner rather than later.
The Walking Dead: Onslaught will launch this fall for unspecified platforms.