The Walking Dead series on AMC is in its second season and is hugely popular, so it seems only natural that it would be getting its own video game. Although there is no release date yet, sources say that it should be coming in late 2011 or early 2012. It will be available for the Playstation 3, Xbox, and Wii game systems, and also for PC and Mac. I haven’t heard about a rating, but if I had to guess it would be that it will be rated “M” for Mature, which means my kids won’t be playing it, but I will!
Telltale Games is the developer, and they have confirmed that it will not be the typical “first person shooter” that most other zombie-themed games feature. The game will not feature the plot of the show or the comics; rather, it will introduce the player to new characters and situations. It should go without saying that there will be zombies. The game play will involve making decisions, solving puzzles, and “figuring things out” in order to move on. Certain decisions will give you a certain kind of gameplay, reminding one of the “choose your own adventure” books. There isn’t any video of game footage available yet, but I can imagine that the player’s stress level will be high during the decision making process during gameplay, due to the fact that there may be zombies hanging around. The Walking Dead comic series creator and television series executive producer/writer Robert Kirkman is fully supporting TellTale’s issue of this game, and it has been reported that he is pleased with what he has seen so far.
Most people assume that since I am such a huge fan of the zombie genre, that I also play zombie video games like Resident Evil, Dead Island and all that good stuff. I actually don’t play first person shooter games, but this one sounds like something I would enjoy very much, considering that it is not like that, but it still has zombies in it. Strategy and puzzle games are right up my alley. One little tidbit I heard is that Glen makes a cameo early in the game, which is cool because he is my favorite character from the comics and the AMC series. If this video game is slated for holiday release, I will definitely have it on my Christmas list. If not, my birthday is at the end of January!
To sign up for updates about the game from TellTale Games as soon as they are released, visit the official site at telltale games.com/walkingdead.