Is it me, or does Overkill and 505 Games’ take on The Walking Dead look like it’s shaping up to be a quality title? No, there’s no gameplay in this new trailer, but it feels like it’s heading in the right direction.
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As a franchise, The Walking Dead has had a spotty time in the video game realm. Okay, that might be understating it. Because outside of Telltale’s adventure game series, there’s been nothing at all of note. Till now anyway.
The Walking Dead from developer Starbreeze’s Overkill studio looks shockingly good. And yes, again, I realize there’s no gameplay in this trailer. What we do get to see though is one of the playable characters, for former ER nurse Maya.
What’s so great here though is the atmosphere, which is dark and very mature looking, as we get a peek at the earliest days of the apocalypse. Of course, the other great thing about this trailer are the graphics. Cause, man do they look great.
Outside of that, we actually have quite a few details on this one. Maya will be joined by Aiden, the second of four playable characters. The title is being billed as “a mission-based, four-player co-op multiplayer FPS inspired by the danger, action and terror of Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels”.
Yes, that sounds a lot like it’ll be a fresh take on the classic Left 4 Dead. But there are a few further details that have it sounding like a game that’ll offer just a bit more in terms of things to do.
Players must band together using a combination of stealth tactics and brute force on a variety of raids and missions, securing supplies and survivors to defend their home and stay alive. Each playable character has their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories – smash through hordes of walkers with the heavy-hitting Aidan, or keep your friends alive with Maya, a former surgeon.
Watch for The Walking Dead to stalk the PS4, Xbox One, and PC this fall.