The Walking Dead virus is spreading, and it doesn't look like anything can stop it. It's already broken out of the comic-books and infested television, and now it also looks like it's going to continue its assault on the video game market.
Of course, we already have Telltale's incredible The Walking Dead games based on the comics and the a lot less incredible The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct which was based on the TV series. Furthermore, we recently heard of another mobile Walking Dead game in development. Now, OVERKILL, the studio behind the popular bank-robbery game Payday, have been asked to create a new The Walking Dead video game.
The game isn't expected until 2016, but already we've got a cinematic trailer:
The game will be published by Starbreeze Studios and is said to be based on the "hugely popular The Walking Dead series created by Robert Kirkman." Whether this means it will follow the aesthetics of the comic-books or the television series is currently unclear. This is what Bo Andersson Klint, the CEO of Starbreeze had to say:
The collaboration between Starbreeze Studios and our partner Skybound Interactive will deliver something uniquely exciting for our millions of fans. We're two independents joining forces to create the ultimate survival horror game. With Robert on the team, we will bring The Walking Dead into the world of first-person shooter co-op games. It will be gameplay focused, ferocious and bring chaos to the traditional industry model – from us developers straight to you. This time it's big – don't walk alone.
The Walking Dead creator and CEO of Skybound Entertainment, Robert Kirkman, also had this to say about the project:
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. I can't wait for people to learn just what OVERKILL has been cooking up for this game. Skybound is always about breaking new ground and trying to find something unexpected in all endeavors and this game continues that tradition in grand style.
This development seems rather curious to me, because the first-person shooter co-op game market already has its standout zombie game, the perfectly peerless Left 4 Dead. Indeed, in many ways, the Payday games are essentially Left 4 Dead but with the zombies exchanged for cops - Payday even featured a level based on Left 4 Dead. With this in mind, OVERKILL will have to do something rather special to ensure this isn't perceived as a Left 4 Dead clone merely designed to cash-in off the back of The Walking Dead.
What do you think of this new Walking Dead game?