There's Another Walking Dead Game in the Works, Don't Get Excited
By Chris Davis on July 6th, 2012 (23 comments)
The Walking Dead, to me, is a great franchise and series of stories that the zombie genre really doesn't get into. It's a series about survival that doesn't really have an equal in any monster-filled genre out there so, naturally, it is a good fit for a game. TellTale Games knew this when they began work on their episodic series based on Robert Kirkman's comic. The announcement from Activision today however lends itself to something I, as a fan of the series, don't feel right about.
Coming in 2013, Activision will be publishing "The Walking Dead: The Video Game." In development at Terminal Reality (the studio responsible for the 2009 Ghostbusters game... and Kinect Star Wars), this new title is based not on the original comic book property but rather the AMC television series that arose in 2010. A prequel, the game will star Daryl and Merle Dixon as they journey to Atlanta as the infection is spreading across the United States. According to the announcement, the game will be a first person shooter that includes combating Walkers as well as stealth elements. Players will also be forced to do resource management and utilize Daryl's instincts to survive in the wild.
Now, I like Daryl. Sure, he was an asshat in the first season but he really grew into his own during the second. One of the (many) problems I have though is that this prequel is based on two racist jerks that, if it wants to be considered canon to the television series, must remain as such throughout the course of the game. I don't know about you guys but do you feel comfortable playing as some neo-nazi, nigh-KKK assholes?
The other primary issue I have with this announcement is the fact that it is a FPS. A FIRST. PERSON. SHOOTER. In a series predominantly about hiding from the undead and focusing primarily on silent or melee weaponry it boggles the mind how a game with "stealth mechanics" wants you to go around shooting things. Sure, Daryl has his crossbow but Merle is decidedly a character that does not lend well to subtlety. I get the feeling that there will be a lot less focus on sneaking through infested areas and more about killing everything in sight and moving on. Ugh.
In fact, the only element that I'm remotely interested in about this game is the "resource management." This sounds distinctly like one of the many elements that makes Day Z such a fantastic experience. The fear of running out of supplies and having to weigh the costs and benefits of attempting to retrieve supplies is enticing but I fear that it won't go nearly as well.
Here's hoping that the game actually looks good. After all, the teaser trailer (which you can watch here until I get it on the site) tells you next to nothing about what to expect. Walking Dead afficionados, would you play this?
I am 4Player's video and feature producer. I've been writing about games for years and I enjoy every minute of it. I'm pro-developer and I have a few friends who have gone on to successful careers in the industry. I may only be an amateur but I've got things to say.
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