AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is on the way back for season 5 in a few short months, but that’s not all that fans have to look forward to. Overkill, the video game studio behind the PayDay series, is teaming up with Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment for a new Walking Dead game. To announce this collaboration, they’ve released this grim new trailer.
If this video is any indication of how the finished product is destined to unfold, we’re in for a gritty, bleak time. This trailer is definitely a slow burn, and is not a indicative of a happy, cuddly, everybody hug kind of game. No, this looks like it falls in line the severe, foreboding nature of the comics. As you can tell from this video, things are not going to end well for anyone.
Don’t get too excited just yet, as we’re nowhere near this being finished. Like I said, this trailer is just to announce that this is happening—the game won’t drop until 2016—but still, it’s something to anticipate. Walking Dead creator, show executive producer, and Skybound CEO Robert Kirkman certainly sounds like he’s rather pumped up about this whole scenario.
I’m a huge fan of what Overkill and Starbreeze have been able to do with PayDay 2…It’s just an amazing co-operative game and I’m excited to be able to announce that Skybound is partnering with Overkill to make a Walking Dead game. I’m happy to say that it’s the co-op game that all of the Walking Dead fans have been waiting for.
Though it is set in the same world, don’t expect this new game to have any connection to the comics, the AMC series, or even other Walking Dead games. From a first-person perspective, they plan to introduce new characters, explore new story arcs, and provide a completely different take on this universe.
There game will reportedly be elements of “action, role-playing, survival horror and stealth, that invite players to explore the hugely popular The Walking Dead universe, where they will play the role of survivors fending for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating walkers.”
In conjunction with Overkill’s announcement, there is a nice little tie in for fans of both The Walking Dead and PayDay 2: The Heist. You can download a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. Fans will recognize this as “Lucille,” the beloved weapon of choice for Negan, the brutal, vicious villain of the “All Out War” storyline in Kirkman’s comics.
The game will drop sometime in 2016, which is a bit vague, but The Walking Dead returns for season 5 to AMC on Sunday, October 12.