overkill’s the walking dead
The next addition to the flesh-eating franchise
Publisher 505 Games Developer Overkill Software Format Xbox One ETA Fall 2018
Just when we thought we were done with The Walking Dead franchise, a new cinematic trailer creeps up and sinks its teeth into our flesh. Overkill’s
The Walking Dead is very much shuffling into town.
We think it’s safe to assume that this trailer is the first of four that will showcase each of the games’ playable characters and shed some light on their background. The first was for Aidan, an architect clearly overwhelmed by the stress of everyday life and presumably hoping for an escape. Little does he know that an escape from the mundane is coming, but it’s probably not what he expected. Fast-forward to the present day and we see Aidan bothering
zombies, while clearly carrying stress and trauma – but this time it looks like he’s dealing with it in a more direct way.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be a four-player co-op action shooter based on the original graphic novels, by Robert Kirkman. Little is known for now, but the developers have said that “in this test of strategy and
“It sounds like this isn’t going to be just another co-op shooter”
endurance, players will band together with up to three friends on a variety of missions and raids, securing supplies and survivors to strengthen their base camp against the threat of both the dead and the living – by any means necessary.” It sounds like this isn’t going to be just another ordinary bludgeon-a-zombie-in-the-face coop shooter, but may in fact have base building and resource management elements, too. Think the best bits of
State Of Decay mixed with the mad zombie-bashing action of Left 4 Dead.
Each playable character will have their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories. Telltale paved the way in terms of gripping narrative within
TWD games, so we’re interested to see Overkill’s take. We may be able to rest easy, according to an interview with executive producer Saul Gascon on comic news site, The Beat: “We are telling an original story specially crafted for the game, within The
Walking Dead universe, with a new set of characters.” Saul elaborates: “We are working closely with Robert Kirkman and his team at Skybound on a new storyline inside the same universe, in which we explore Washington DC a few months after the outbreak. This has never been explained in any of the comics, shows or web series.”
It’s reassuring to see that the developers are paying as much attention to the story as we expect from the franchise, and if Overkill can pull off a similar tone for the game to that of this new trailer then we’re going to be spoilt rotten.
The thing that scares us most is that 2018 will celebrate 15 years of The Walking Dead. We’re so old
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